Historical sign missing from Buffalo waterfront

Historical Grain Elevator Sign Missing

BUFFALO, NY - A historical sign commemorating the creation of Buffalo's first grain elevator is missing. The marker was located near the Erie Basin Marina, along the Buffalo River, but someone has taken it.  

According to the Buffalo History Gazette's Facebook page, the marker honoring Buffalo's first grain elevator has been stolen from its location on Erie Street near the Erie Basin Marina. The post reads: "What is going on down there? Sickening. Not the first time markers down there were tampered with," and that the marker was taken sometime between Monday and Tuesday of this week.
 
2 On Your Side went to where the marker is supposed to be and found that it's no longer there.
 
The marker commemorates where Buffalo's first grain elevator was built. In 1842, Joseph Dart invented an elevator to transfer grain from boats. Previously the operation was done by hand. Experts say Dart's invention grew the grain industry in Buffalo. 
 
"He invented a device that scooped grain out of a boat automatically and deposited it in grain silo for storage and then it could be loaded into a silo, a rail car or canal boat and sent east," said Cynthia Van Ness of the Buffalo History Museum.
 
The marker was dedicated in 1990 by The Industrial Heritage Committee and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
 
"Surprised to hear that marker would be taken by anyone...not sure what the rationale would be if it's someone's idea of a prank or a joke," said Mark DePalma, the marketing director of Forest Lawn Cemetery.
 
"It is disheartening because the plaque is for everybody not for just one person," Van Ness said.
 
A spokesperson for Buffalo Police says at this point no reports of the missing marker have been filed with the department, but police say they're still going to look into the disappearance. 

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