It stands 160 feet tall and 76-years-old, but on Thursday morning Lubbock began saying goodbye to one of its most recognized landmarks. Demolition of the Burrus Grain Elevator has begun in order to make way for the Marsha Sharp Freeway.
Though many Lubbock residents welcome progress it is still tough for some of them emotionally to see this landmark disappear. After just one day you can see a good portion of the elevator has already been torn down on the south end.
All day long residents came to watch what's been part of Lubbock history for 76 years vanish. As ball and chain tore through the structure, dozens of spectators watched with amazement and sadness as a part of Lubbock history vanishes.
"With the Marsha Sharp Freeway and everything going through it's sad to see it going down but it has to be," says previous owner, Larry Webb.
He sadly takes final photos of a Lubbock landmark he used to call his own. "We were the last owners, Attebury grain was," says Webb.
As dozens of spectators join him in the emotional destruction. "He banged the top and a rock just fell," says demolition spectator, Ruben Morales.
Watching and pointing, as if parting with an old friend. "It's awful to tear it down I think but things have got to go. It's a landmark, it's really a landmark," says Ralph Denney, demolition spectator.
For those who passed by it in 76 years, the concrete giant seems to have etched its way into everyone's heart. "It's been around well I was born in 1926 and it was built in 1928 so we're pretty close together," says Denney.
And for those who barely knew the Burrus elevator, like first graders from Guadalupe Elementary saw it for the first time on its day of destruction. Not knowing much about it and asking questions, sensing today's destruction leads to tomorrow's progression.
"The Lubbock skyline will be changed that's for sure," says Webb.
The elevator is so large it will take about four months to demolish it completely. The elevator stands where the final part of the freeway will be built. Construction on that is expected to begin sometime after 2010.