Wisconsin's Vanishing Silos

Legacies in Stone, Brick, and Wood

Octagon Wood Silo, Juneau, Wisconsin
Octagon Wood Silo, Juneau, Wisconsin
The first vertical silos, build in the 1880’s were square and were made of wood or stone. However, the square shape created problems with the structure bowing outwards, and allowed air pockets in the corners. This caused silage to rot despite attempts to make the silos taller so the heavy silarge would settle into the pockets. Subsequent octagonal and round forms worked better, and square silos were rarely build after 1900. (The Rise and Fall of Silos by Jennifer Gallus, Farm Horizons November 2007).
Photography by Daniel Seurer