The Historic Grain Silos of Carrollton
Anthropologists claim that one of the earliest signs of civilization among human societies is the building of granaries. The creation of special buildings to store threshed grains for times of famine, cold or drought, to manufacture not only flour for human consumption but feed for domestic animals, and to preserve the seed of one harvest (especially the most bountiful or resistant harvests) for the planting of the next crop is a sign of human cooperation, community, and foresight that precedes and also predicts the flowering of a civilization. If that is the case, then the Old Downtown Square of Carrollton, Texas houses behind its east side an historic treasure of the Dallas-Fort Worth region of north Texas. The two extant buildings of a large grain and feed operation sit snugly close to the railroad line a few yards from the old town square as a relic of the days when the towns around DFW formed a matrix of large and small family farms which fed into the great grain-growing plains of Middle America and thus into the heart of America itself. Such agricultural operations still exist in this country, but most are absorbed in the distant insides of large corporate farms, where their existence and and certainly their intimacy with local efforts and enterprise is largely invisible. The city of Carrollton is fortunate to have an intact and well-preserved example of a family agricultural operation from the last century, one which was integrated into the community by its presence near the center of town and by the family that lived in the town and helped to build both. This remarkable remnant of the past is the extant buildings (including a giant concrete storage tower) of the Blanton Grain Company.
-Marion Blanton - Feb 9th, 2009
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