Concrete Silo, 1914

Summary

Silos were developed in the 1870s as a way to preserve feed crops for dairy cattle and other livestock, in an air-tight environment. Early silos were built of stone, brick or wood. In 1909, Hiram Smith of Paw Paw, Michigan developed an innovative technique of building silos, such as this, like a barrel, with concrete staves and steel cables.

Silos were developed in the 1870s as a way to preserve feed crops for dairy cattle and other livestock, in an air-tight environment. Early silos were built of stone, brick or wood. In 1909, Hiram Smith of Paw Paw, Michigan developed an innovative technique of building silos, such as this, like a barrel, with concrete staves and steel cables.

Artifact

Silo (Agricultural structure)

Date Made

1914

Creators

Smith, Hiram A. 

Smith Silo Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Paw Paw 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Smith Silo Company based on a patented design by Hiram A. Smith of Paw Paw, Michigan.

Agriculture
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

Object ID

76.16.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Smith Silo Company.

Material

Concrete
Steel (Alloy)
Pine (Wood)

Dimensions

Height: 15 ft

Diameter: 12 ft

Inscriptions

SMITH SILO CO. OXFORD MICH

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