By Kirk Carlson
Special to The Record-Times 

Grain elevator's past


Last updated 9/7/2023 at 10:16am

Courtesy Kirk Carlson

Reardan's grain elevators are pictured in this photo believed to be taken by former mayor Otto Mahrt around 1952.

REARDAN - For most Lincoln County locals, the iconic concrete grain elevators stand to define our home towns. When one is lucky enough to fly over the area, they first look to the elevators to identify which town they are flying over.

The six at Reardan have stood there for nearly 70 years. But how did they get there? Were they just born or plopped down there?

In Jan. 1952, Reardan woke to realize that its oldest building and best-known landmark had burned to the ground.

The Washington Grain and Milling Company's (or Centennial Mills' then) flour mill was gone. The town had also lost a g...

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