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On the scheduled date, the boxcars would arrive on a "way freight" — a train that stopped at every town and shunted cars to shippers and picked up full ones. The train crew would pull the boxcars onto the siding track at the elevator, off the main line. Once the cars were filled, another day's train would come by to pick them up. The cars would be coupled to the train and hauled off to the wholesaler, mill, or distillery that purchased the grain.

If you’ve explored each of the areas of Mr. Hawe’s elevator shown on the floorplan,
you are now finished with this part of the Exhibit. You can now return
to the Exhibit Home and move to the next part of the exhibit, “Town.”



Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.