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Historic Yakima Silo is Moved to Union Gap

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The Central Washington Agricultural Museum is getting a wooden silo. This historic structure is made up of wood planks that were never glued together. Volunteers spent hours taking it apart, piece by piece, to move it to its new location.

The home-built siloh stands 36 feet tall and is made up of individual pieces of lumber, which is why volunteers had to carefully take it apart and move it to the museum in four sections. Volunteers say the silo started deteriorating a few years ago. It is being moved to save it before it gets destroyed.

"All these buildings and everything get hailed away crushed out and this is truly an artifact," said Ray Kempf, a volunteer at the museum.

The siloh was built by the Thomas Wheeler family in Union Gap in the early 1920s and was used to store products for a dairy farm. It's been on South First Street ever since. Volunteers from Russell Crane Company moved the silo to the Agricultural Museum in Union Gap in less than 3 hours. Volunteers say they plan to have it reconstructed and on display by early next year.