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Mineral landmark comes tumbling down

MINERAL — A piece of Mineral’s historic landscape is coming down.

On Tuesday, Don King, owner of Michlig Grain, said the old Mineral Elevator demolition project began Saturday with the tearing down of the old wooden elevator house, located along Route 6 on the east edge of the village. King estimated the elevator house to be about 90 years old and standing about 80 feet tall.

King said Ag Fab of Wisconsin did the demolition work on Saturday, starting with the digging of a big hole about eight feet deep, to the west of the elevator house. In about 20-30 minutes, two wreckers had pushed the old structure into the hole.

Route 6 was closed to through traffic during the demolition work and rerouted through the village. The work was also planned to avoid any trains on the nearby railroad tracks.

The clean-up project continues this week and will include the tearing down of the two old silos, which are estimated to be about 60 years old, and the adjoining elevator buildings. Two cranes will be brought to the site to tear down the silos, starting at the top and working down, chipping away, with the debris falling inside the silos, King said. The debris will then be hauled away from the site.

The clean-up project should be completed within the next couple weeks, King said. The old elevator house was used last fall to store soybeans. The silos had not been used for about three years. The lots will be kept as a green space, King said.

“It was one of those things that just needed to be cleaned up,” King said. “This will give a better view for Mineral.”

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