Re: Red Owl warehouse
For what it is worth the Michigan Sugar mill in Caro, MI is supposed to be the oldest standing business of this type in the USA. It is inland and only served by rail and truck.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of William Hirt
Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:14 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Red Owl warehouse
Great Western Sugar built a sugar terminal facility in Western Springs IL in the late 1950s/early 1960s. This is on the CB&Q triple track mainline in the Chicago suburbs. The sugar shipped from this facility came from Great Western's processing facilities in Colorado and Wyoming. So that would be 1,000 mile one way trip. Now by that time the commodity was being shipped in bulk by Airslide or the early PS-2 3-bay Covered Hoppers (especially to a terminal). These definitely influenced the transportation costs and I wonder if the transportation distance issue changed substantially between 1950 and 1960 for commodities like sugar.
On 2/27/2021 8:00 PM, np328 wrote: