Landmark elevator coming down today near Thomasboro
THOMASBORO – A longtime rural Thomasboro landmark is expected to come tumbling down today.
Demolition crews are scheduled to begin tearing down the old Sharp's Crossing grain elevator, located about two miles south of Thomasboro.
The elevator is owned by Merle Sage of Thomasboro.
"It's sad to see it go," said Mary Boll, who lives across the street from the elevator. "I'm absolutely going to miss it. The elevator is one of the major landmarks of the area.
"You could see it for miles around, and I always thought of it as a friendly beacon on the way home, even in the dark."
Jan Meier, who owns the farm directly south of the elevator, said the facility was named after her great grandfather, J. S. Sharp, who had lived near the site.
"When I was a child, my dad used to work at the elevator when it was time to bring the grain in," Meier said. "It was my job to run down to the building and turn the power on to run the elevator. There was a hand elevator that I used to ride up to the top, where you could see the most glorious views of the Thomasboro countryside. At harvest time, there was always a line of farmers waiting to bring their grain in."
Boll recalled when the interurban train used to serve the area many years ago.
"When the interurban ran from Urbana to Rantoul, it would stop at the elevator to load grain," Boll said. "In days gone by, horse-drawn wagons would wait outside to unload grain at the elevator. The shaft which transferred the grain still remains on the east side of the facility."
Meier said the elevator hasn't been used for a few years.
"The operators just couldn't keep it in repair, so the grain would seep out of the bottom," she said.