Napoleon Martel, a French-speaking man, designed and oversaw the construction of the mill and concrete silos. The walls of the silos are four feet thick. Most of the workers and residents were also French-speaking.
During the 1950's, the community, wanting to get rid of the silos, offered a $25 reward to people who had ideas for demolishing them. However, in 1973, the City Council and residents decided to keep the silos for prosperity and as an emblem of the neighbourhood. In support of this decision, the community raised $4,148 and gave it to the City to purchase the silos for a total cost of $5,000 to create parks.
In the context of the Flour Mill neighbourhood, these silos are a testament to the growth and change of the City of Sudbury. They have long been a landmark, immortalized in logos, poems and artwork.