Demolition workers met unexpected challenges on Monday when they made the first attempts at bringing down the main tower of the old Bastrop Grain Elevator Co. facility.
Put simply, the tower stayed put.
Tuesday morning, however, a few well-planned cuts to the metal legs and a tug on the cord by a bulldozer brought the structure crashing to the ground.
A fixture of downtown Bastrop for as long as anyone can remember, the Bastrop Grain Elevator on Pine Avenue had fallen into dilapidation, yet still contained both local memories and salvageable pieces of history. Project supervisor Sidney “Red” Eatmon Eatmon with BLC Trucking based in Tallulah said much of the pine timber has already been shipped off to be re-claimed, while a corn grader, found to be in “mint” and workable condition, has been preserved.
“Anything that was salvagable or has historical value has been collected,” he said.
While Eatmon ascended the tower via manlift to attach the cord that would pull it down Tuesday, BLC owner Chip Sullivan said a second piece of equipment – a huge corn shucker machine manufactured by Ferrell Co. of Saginaw, Mich. – has been damaged by the elements beyond functionability. However, the wood and painted manufacturer's stamp can be re-claimed in small furniture pieces such as inn tables.
“I'm planning to do my best to re-use [the wood],” he said. “There's no sense in something this old going to waste. When we can re-claim materials, we do.”
Eaton said when the demolition work is finished at the end of this week, the property will look like nothing was there. Around Friday, the crew plans to bring in cranes and rigs to remove the six tanks from the site.
“We'll fill in the holes, make the property look nice -- and then it's on to the next job,” he said.