Clay tile elevators are significant because they show the architectural transition
of building techniques from wood to concrete structures related to agriculture as
well as the permanence and importance of the wheat industry in the commercial development
of small rural northwest Oklahoma communities in conjunction with the arrival of
railroads in the region. These buildings are unique in their use of hollow red clay
tile in that it makes a more durable building material and provides a less combustible
storage area than the earlier technique of using wooden structures and this indicates
a developing engineering technology that would eventually evolve into large concrete
elevators (p. 3).
Structures such as the Ingersoll Tile Elevator were constructed during the 1910s and 20s, early in Oklahoma's history as a state and before the Great Depression. Wheat was a significant product of the region. A number of Oklahoma towns grew as demand for wheat shot up during WWI and its aftermath.
The Ingersoll Tile Elevator was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places alongside a few similar structures: Feuquay Elevator and Old Farmers' Co-op Elevator in Buffalo, the Farmers' Co-op Elevator in Cherokee, and the Farmers' Exchange Elevator in Goltry.