When I was writing the Grain Elevators site, I knew I wanted to include a section on the grain scoopers but I wasn't sure if I'd be able to find Mark Maio let alone have him give me access to his writings and photographs. Finding Mark turned out to be easy -- he knows many of the same people I know -- and after an initial meeting and outlining the details of the site, he was more than happy to lend his knowledge and materials. For this I am forever grateful. I am honored to present Mark's work on The Buffalo History Works. I only hope that you will appreciate his dedication as much as I do.
As a final person to person note; Mark, thanks for being so understanding about that Zip disk. You probably realized that I was not too happy about what happened when I spoke to you on the phone. The blood is pumping again and I was able to enjoy the holidays!
Very special "Thank You's" go out to:
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Never before has any site on The Buffalo History Works been so demanding of both time and resources. When I began the Grain Elevators site back in August of 1997 I was hoping that it would be another cut and dry site -- accurately locate the history, find the pictures, code the page, upload it to the server, everyone is happy. I soon discovered how wrong I was when I tried to find an accurate history of Buffalo's grain industry to reference. It was not to be found. Pictures weren't a problem, but facts? Forget it.
After much hunting and gathering I soon discovered just how easy it was to find resources on the subject. I just had to look in the right places. I owe a world of gratitude to many people who directed me to those places. Without them this site would not exist.
The project, which continues now in its eighth year, has taken him to Kansas, where he spent time living and photographing on a family owned farm during the wheat harvest and down the Mississippi River towards the modern port of New orleans, where technology has made it more economical to transship grain from. In September of 1996 he met the Kinsmen Independent grain boat in Duluth, MN., photographing the grain loading process and making the trip across the Great Lakes on its voyage to Buffalo and back.
Currently, Mark is organizing his photographs,