When erected in 1887, the Globe Elevators were the largest terminal elevators in the world. They contain one of the greatest supply of old growth virgin pine. Our mission: Reclaim this resource for generations to come.
You can create a reliable and sustainable project with unmatched consistency using wood available from our stock of 3.3 Million board-feet.
Our wood contains historic characteristics not found in modern lumber:
When they were first harvested in the 1830’s, the Old Growth forests of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin were home to 125-250 year old trees, such as our white pine. With the promising future of the grain industry, grain elevators quickly began popping up in the Twin Ports. By the 1880’s, Duluth and Superior were known nationally as “Elevator Row”.
Starting in 1885, the Globe Elevator began construction using wood from the Old Growth forests. Nearly 2500 men worked for 2 years until it was erected in 1887 and earned the title of world’s largest terminal elevator. Within the same decade, other architectural feats such as the Washington Monument, the Eiffel Tower, and the Chicago World Fair took place.
With a capacity of over 3 million bushels, Old Globe provided tens of millions of people with food in America and overseas. The elevator was decommissioned in 1988.
Old Globe Wood Company has been salvaging this historic structure to preserve both the beautiful antique wood and the history behind it.
Contact Brad today for a quote on your next project.