Fired clay silo

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walkaboutwest on July 13, 2007

ryan, I looked at this and thought it was taken in Italy, as it resembles the towers in a place like San Gimingnano.

Very cool building, and nice angle.

Ryan Calhoun on July 13, 2007

Thanks, Eve. I agree, it looks like it belongs in Italy. Most old silos in Missouri are stone or concrete. I don't think there's another one like this in the state, or anywhere else in the midwest.

Marilyn Whiteley on August 16, 2007

I've never seen a piece of construction like that, Ryan, but the material is somewhat similar to the upstate NY silos I hope to photograph someday. Handsome shot!

Ryan Calhoun on August 17, 2007

Thanks Marilyn! I'd like to see your silos when you get the chance.

Ainars M -2 on August 19, 2007

Hi, I arrived there in thanks to Marilyn silo pictures! ;)

Your photographed are very fundamental building! It looks like this tower is built since 30 or even 50 years? Do You know, are this still used in nowadays?

Cheers ainars

Ryan Calhoun on August 19, 2007

Thanks, Ainars. This building has been abandoned for a while. I don't know how long ago it was built, but now it is overgrown with weeds and parts are covered in graffiti. Cheers!

Ainars M -2 on August 20, 2007

Thank You Ryan for details!

Cheers a.

dan and brenda on October 11, 2007

This was well worth the bike ride to see. The colors are fabulous in the sunlight.

Ryan Calhoun on October 11, 2007

Thanks, Dan and Brenda.

fossil_n on February 28, 2008

Ha, this old siloh is on the road to my house. I've always heard it called the Old Peppermill (because of the color I believe). You managed to get it at an angle where you can't see any of the grafitti.

Ryan Calhoun on February 28, 2008

Nice to hear from someone who lives nearby. You must mean the little gravel road that goes from 40 across the bike trail--I always assumed that was just a farm road. Now that you mention it, I think I remember the name Peppermill as well. Yeah, it's probably the only angle that doesn't show any graffiti. Cheers!

fossil_n on February 29, 2008

Yep, that road. Its a county road, I actually live on another gravel road that goes off of that one, a couple of minutes away.

babar_5326 on March 2, 2008

Actually when it was in a little to town called Piersons Spur. Used to put grain on the rail cars for the railroad when the MTK trail were tracks. My boyfriends father owns it. It is a good picture of it though I have been wanting to go take one myself and, I only live a mile from it. Thank You!!

fossil_n on March 2, 2008

Oh wow, that's awesome, I didn't know that.

By the way, I'm Nicole Ridgwell. If you only live a mile away from the peppermill then we may know each other, because in fact we are practically neighbors (I live about two miles away on 442).

Ryan Calhoun on March 2, 2008

Thank you both for your comments. I've only actually seen it 3 times myself, plus whenever I used to pass it on 40. I lived in Columbia for 8 years, and it was about a 3 hour trip to get out this far, including a stop for lunch in Rocheport. I don't remember seeing any plaque, so the only thing I knew before was from the Katy Trail guidebook (the Dufur book), and it only had a small black and white picture of this elevator. I didn't know anyone still owned it. Nice to have a bit more history.

Babar, I have a hard time believing you are from rural Missouri, giving distances in miles instead of minutes. ;)

Ryan

mikewells70 on September 15, 2008

I grew up in this area and my grandparent's farm was just a couple miles from this silo on a gravel road.

When I was a little boy, my older sister, Marcella, told me this building was the "Witch's Castle." Every time my parents drove us by it, I kept looking for the witch to poke her face out of one of the windows.

It's one of my favorite sites, and whenever I visit my family (I now live in Florida) I always take at least one drive by it -- I'm still looking for that witch, I guess.

Ryan Calhoun on September 22, 2008

Mike, your story made me laugh. I can see it would be a very spooky place at night with no moon. All those broken windows and dark jagged openings, with only the wind making strange noises around you. I can imagine it's the kind of place the neighbor boys dare each other to spend the night.

lordjack1 on July 12, 2009

As a young man I climbed to the top of it it was frighting climb as the hand grips was wore and was not anchored very good

jonhans on October 26, 2011

I have been in that mill a few times, Once because of a dare and the other two to film a movie. It is one of the scariest places i have been. Blood on the floors, a eerie feeling, it was flooded in parts, and it just smelled like a slaughter house. I don't mean to scare you, but it is a intimidating place.

Angel M B on May 6, 2012

Bella toma urbana,like,un saludo cordial.

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