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Abandoned Industrial Icon: Armour Meat Packing Plant

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The Armour & Company meat packing plant in National City, Illinois is a window into a bygone era, a time capsule with late-19th century technology still on display. During its heyday the busy stock yards of East St. Louis were the largest in the world, and known around the U.S. as the “Hog Capital of the Nation.”

Advances in technology and labor disputes ultimately drove the meat packers out of National City. The obsolete Armour plant had become expensive to operate and was eventually shut down by the company in 1959.

Unused since Armour & Co. left nearly 55 years ago, the 110 year-old structure still sits in East St. Louis today.

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Main Armour Plant, Chicago 1910

Original Armour Plant, Chicago 1910

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Armour & Company

Philip_Danforth_ArmourFounded by the Armour brothers in 1867, Chicago-based Armour & Company was a meatpacking corporation led by Philip Armour (left). A robber baron industrialist, Philip is also remembered for his contributions toward innovations in the meat industry.

In the 19th century the lack of refrigeration technology dictated the process for meat packing and distribution; without it, the meats needed to be consumed quickly or preserved with salt. With time at a premium, Philip revolutionized meat processing by centralizing operations next to rail yards.

Several hundred miles to the South of Chicago, an industrial district just outside St. Louis was established in 1873. The East St. Louis National Stock Yards would employ the centralized delivery and distribution concept in the district via rail.

In 1907, East St. Louis’ National Stock Yards were incorporated as the National City Stock Yards. This allowed city officials to offer more favorable regulations and tax climes in an attempt to attract major industry.

The National City Stock Yards encompassed 650 acres and at its peak was capable of processing 30,000 cattle, 50,000 hogs, and 20,000 sheep daily.

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Early picture of E. St. Louis Stock Yards, later the National City Stock Yards

Until World War II, National City’s stock yards were the largest horse and mule market in the world.

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The Refrigeration Era

butchersIn the 19th century, meat processing was largely disorganized and inefficient. Fresh beef could only be shipped short distances before it would spoil. Local butchers operated independently of the packing houses, which often were separate entities from the slaughter houses.

Given the many different layers of processing, access to fresh packaged meats was limited to select larger city centers. The lack of refrigeration required each major city to have its own stockyard, packing house, and distributor, increasing costs to the meat industry.

Before centralization, transport costs by rail were higher as the entire cow had to be transported rather than just the sale-able beef. At the time, more than half of a butchered cow was considered waste.

Refrigeration was still a nascent technology. Dairy farmers started using the first refrigerated railroad cars in the 1840s, but it wasn’t until the 1870s that commercial rail refrigeration became widespread.

Armour realized that by adopting the rail refrigeration techniques used by dairy farmers, he could preserve meat longer and extend the scope of each slaughterhouse, reducing the number of required facilities around the country.

Before long Armour & Company built a fleet of refrigerated boxcars, eventually totaling 12,000. The large-scale adoption of refrigeration via rail not only improved rural access to fresh meats, but also raised food quality standards nationwide.

Early Armour refrigerated box cars

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Centralization

Arguably the biggest contribution by Armour to the meat industry was the centralization of operations. Philip witnessed railroad operators solve their own transportation inefficiencies by building large rail yards and running rail service through a single location. By reducing depots and stations, rail operators had managed to lower their operational costs.

Philip Armour saw opportunity in the vastly inefficient meat system. He understood if the meat could be packed and processed in a single, centralized location, he could reduce transport expense and the overhead of operating slaughter facilities in every city.

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Panoramic photo of Armour & Co. headquarters, Chicago 1900

Armour began centralizing his packing houses. By combining the packing with the slaughtering, overhead was reduced. Transport costs were slashed. Meat companies were no longer shipping entire cattle across the country; now they were shipping smaller packaged meats.

Going further, Armour also found ways to cut costs in labor. He “de-skilled” the workforce by separating the butcher role into numerous subroutines any unskilled laborer could follow. This move essentially turned labor into a commodity, lowering wages and making staffing an easier task for management.

The jobs were hard labor and not well-paid. The packinghouses were brutal, polluted, and dangerous places to work – but no experience was required and most didn’t require the ability to speak English. The jobs were popular with immigrants, who flocked to the stock yards of Chicago and National City looking for work.

Philip Armour also introduced the vertical integration concept to the meat industry. His centralized facility would lead live cattle, hogs, and sheep up a series of ramps to the top floor of the plant. There, they would be slaughtered. As the animals were cleaned and dressed the carcasses would work their way down successive floors, allowing gravity to carry them and drain blood.

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Division of labor, mass production, continuous flow, and efficiency modeling concepts all have roots in the early packinghouses of the meat industry.

Incidentally Henry Ford would later adopt some of these principles for the automobile industry, and despite admitting as much in his autobiography, Ford is often incorrectly credited for several of Armour’s ideas.

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The National City Armour Plant

The East St. Louis stockyard was a logical location for Armour when the company was looking to expand south from Chicago. Rail operators had already centralized distribution and the city itself was central to the established population of the United States at the time.

In 1903, Armour opened its doors to a state-of-the-art meat processing facility (map). Buildings connected to the rail system served various functions, from animal runs to waste storage and even power generation.

At the time the system was so revolutionary it generated tourism. Visitors traveled from around the world to watch the meatpacking facility’s “dis-assembly” line in action.

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Armour Meat Packing Plant in National City during heyday

The top floor of the main building contained the beef slaughterhouse. The cattle would arrive off the train on the backside of the building and enter the cattle run, which rose gradually to the top floor traversing from south to north.

Once on the top floor the animals would be led through a narrow passage, where they would be slaughtered and then attached to a conveyer system by their hind legs.

As the cattle traveled back down through the plant, they were drained of blood, stripped of flesh, and cut into pieces. From there the meat was sent to specialized rooms for processing based on content or cut. Finally, the meat was packed and loaded onto export boxcars on the opposite side.

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Next to the main facility is the smaller Tankage building, where waste products with little to no value were sent after the meat was processed. There, the bones and hides of slaughtered animals were stored until disposed.

Wrapping around the smaller building was the sheep run, where ovine livestock would undergo a similar process.

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De La Vergne engine (photo courtesy Tabula Rasa)

Behind the main building were the power and refrigeration plants, recognizable by the large smokestacks on the roof. The Armour smokestack is 210 feet tall and for decades was the tallest structure in the East St. Louis area.

The refrigeration system was also cutting edge for its time. In an era before cities had power grids, local factories were responsible for their own power generation. The De La Vergne steam engines of the Armour plant were enormous; the main engine which powered the refrigeration plant had a 30-foot flywheel.

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The large De La Vergne installed at Armour for refrigeration was built by Frick and was nearly 60 feet long. Spinning at only 60 rpm, it could produce up to 350 tons of cooling capacity.

The main De La Vergne engine was supported by several smaller engines offering additional backup cooling sources; these would vary in size between 15 and 20 feet long with 9-foot flywheels.

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There is speculation that a De La Vergne engine with a 40-foot flywheel and even larger boiler may have assisted with powering the plant – but if so, both were removed long ago.

When involvement in the Second World War created a steel shortage, the larger De La Vergne was likely removed and re-appropriated.

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Frick/De La Vergne pictures courtesy the Idiot Photographer

The plant itself would change over time as technologies improved. Eventually Armour’s National City location was converted to municipal power and no longer required the boilers and steam engines.

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Early Labor Struggles

Armour-plant-RonOsborn2In the 19th century, disputes between workers and wealthy industrialists were common. The advent of assembly line production at the turn of the 20th century only further devalued the specialist and lowered wages.

Workers were commoditized; if they struck or fell ill, they were replaced. Uneducated immigrants proved to be easy targets for abuse in labor practices.

Armour understood this, and like many of his fellow industrialists he had a great fear of a unified labor force. He encouraged the hiring of diverse, non English-speaking workers as he viewed ethnic and racial tensions as a distraction from labor issues with management.

Armour knew if the different ethnic groups were fighting each other, they were less likely to fight him.

Philip Armour died in 1901, but the company would continue to follow the principles laid down by its founder. When workers put aside their differences to strike, the company imported black unskilled workers from poor southern states to compete with the immigrant workforce. The influx of new labor was meant to serve as a strike-breaking force and offer Armour & Company insurance against work stoppages.

The fighting over jobs and poor working conditions in East St. Louis and National City would continue until the 1950s. However by this time, nearly every major industry in town had been unionized. Benefits, wages, and working conditions had improved considerably since the turn of the century.

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The unions had improved working conditions, but incidentally they also helped drive business out of the area. This – along with improvements in technology – gave industry multiple reasons to leave.

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National City’s Meatpacking Decline

From 1930 to 1958, the meat industry experienced a period of stagnation. The Great Depression had crippled the United States economy in the 1930s, and the meat industry languished in kind. In addition to the headwinds from increasing costs, meatpackers were faced with new conditions to regulate from the international meat trade.

The industry would find a brief reprieve during the Second World War, when operations at Armour’s National City plant would reach a zenith producing rations for the troops.

At its peak, the Armour plant employed more than 4,500 people and was second in size only to the Chicago operation.

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armour-plant8photo set courtesy the Idiot Photographer

After the war, the meat industry evolved further with the emergence of supermarkets and processed meats. Changing trends in consumption and the advent of prepared meals resulted in a different model of business to maximize profits. New technologies had made the plant obsolete and thus more expensive to operate.

Grid power made the large steam engines redundant. Refrigerated trucks removed the need for centralized urban rail centers. The interstate highway system made it possible – and cheaper – for meat companies to move closer to livestock where labor and land were less expensive.

Armour cold storage (courtesy Tabula Rasa)

Armour cold storage (courtesy Tabula Rasa)

Organized unions meant labor was no longer cheap. The area was rife with violent strikes and work stoppages. Since the plants ran on cheap, unskilled labor, they shut down when labor costs increased.

The companies moved to more rural locations and continued to use cheap, unskilled labor elsewhere. Eventually the large Armour plant was no longer efficient or profitable.

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armour-plant21photo set courtesy Tabula Rasa

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Shutdown

By the late 1950s the plant had become a burden to Armour & Company; it was outdated and no longer fit the mold of meat processing at the time. In 1959 the plant was closed, and in lieu of unpaid taxes the property was “donated” to the city of East St. Louis.

The city might have proclaimed itself to be the “Hog Capital of the Nation,” but it did not know how to run a meatpacking facility. Desperate to attract new business, the city offered incentives on the unoccupied property – including waiving tax liens – but the outdated infrastructure and dilapidated buildings were too much of an obstacle to overcome.

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Armour cold storage (courtesy Tabula Rasa)

The National Stock Yards were emptying as businesses left town. Swift, the other major meatpacking operation in the area, closed its doors in 1967. Regional brand Brooklyn Packing Company (later known as Hunter Packing) lasted until 1982.

Over time squatters and vandals would leave their marks on the buildings; nature would do the rest. In the mid-1980s, a fire in the plant damaged the roof and has accelerated the structural decomposition.

With no major industry left to support, National City had become a ghost town. The stock yards would remain open until a devastating fire would finally close them in 1997. The estimated 50 residents left in National City were relocated and the city was dissolved.

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The area has seen little re-development since then. Several businesses operate in the former National City, but major industry left long ago. Efforts have been made to redevelop the Armour property, but the additional cost of demolition and waste disposal has made any action economically unfeasible.

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Today

Ironically it’s the worst of the early concepts pioneered by Philip Armour that are still used today. Packinghouses remain a dangerous and unpleasant place to work.

Meat processing continues to utilize low paid, unskilled immigrant workers on assembly lines, only today it is usually done in non-union states. However it is those conditions which have helped make fresh meat accessible and affordable to many around the world.

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Armour plant, 2013 (courtesy Bing)

The Armour Meat Packing Plant remains in the former National City district of East St. Louis (map). When man failed to redevelop the site, nature took over. Trees have rooted on the roof while new vegetation protrudes through the broken windows.

Bricks are constantly disintegrating after each winter freeze, yielding new collapses. The structure is far from safe, so don’t try to climb the smokestacks.

The most arresting feature of the complex today is the refrigeration plant, which still has some of the original machinery on display. Obsolete and far too large to be removed, the steam engines and boilers were left behind. Now they are forever entombed in a plant which has become a time capsule of 19th century technology.

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National City Stock Yards w/Armour plant (courtesy Michael Allen)

The southern end of the power plant has a large depression in the floor, likely indicating the location of the other giant flywheel and steam engine. The plant was exposed to the elements decades ago when the skylights were broken.

Scavenging scrappers removed the floor panels, exposing the sub-floor and creating for a dangerous urban explore today. Until recently quite a few of the original boilers were still standing by the smokestack; unfortunately the intervening years have seen some boilers destroyed for scrap.

There is a rumored “caretaker” of the property, however reports are conflicting on whether the person is an official guard or a scrapper who has laid claim to the structure.

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(courtesy Chris Naffziger, St. Louis Patina)

Conclusion

The Armour plant is a rarity; very few closed factories with machinery left behind last 50 years. An economically depressed area has helped preserve the structure. The rest of the former National City is mostly vacant, the occasional outlines of a foundation visible through the overgrowth.

New business has slowly moved to the area as it has been re-developed. A golf course and motorsports park occupy land to the east, but the majority of the former National City has been reclaimed by nature.

National City’s boom was a circumstance of the era, a then-central location for meat processing during a time that required centralization.  Ultimately advances in distribution and refrigeration – along with the threat of organized labor – were enough to discourage further meat production in National City.

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2 Exchange Avenue, East St. Louis, IL 62201 (map)

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  1. tabularasa88
    December 20, 2013 at 18:47

    Great read as always. Nice to see some of my shots put to use, too! And your article explained something I had been puzzling over since I was there: why the abbatoir was on the top floor. The cattle ramp, it seems, had long crumbled away, and I was wondering how they got the cows up there!

    • December 20, 2013 at 21:51

      I know what you mean – before I had been able to figure that out, the pictures left me asking the same question. The entire operation was really impressive, actually. I can only imagine how loud it must have been in there with all the activity. Thanks again for letting me use your excellent shots TR.

    • matt stewart
      February 1, 2014 at 05:06

      Is this near the approach to the new Stan Musial Bridge?

      • February 1, 2014 at 20:03

        Yes Matt, actually I believe it is right around the corner from the new bridge… probably about a mile and a half away.

        This will definitely affect the Armour Plant. We’ll need to keep an eye on this, thanks for pointing it out.

        • matt stewart
          February 3, 2014 at 06:19

          You’re welcome! Thanks for covering a place of interest close to home! my mom’s family was originally from E. St. Louis and moved further south into Illinois when it started to decline. She absolutely remembers seeing this place still in operation when she was a child. I have a friend who is working on the new bridge as an iron worker and he was telling me about this creepy, yet intriguing, old abandoned factory nearby. This has to be it! Thanks!

          • February 4, 2014 at 19:59

            No problem. Please do keep us in the loop through your friend as to the fate of the factory. If the city is spending the money to build the bridge, you’d think they have plans for the land.

  2. December 21, 2013 at 05:03

    TR: You only puzzled over it because you didn’t believe me when I told you that would be the most convenient way to run the system. I’m pretty sure the narrow building (which is only a skeleton at this point) to the north was the ramp system to move the animals up to the top floor.

    SI: Excellent article as always! I knew the basics of the history when I first went there but this is just amazing.
    This was an incredibly fun (and not terribly safe) place to explore. If anyone is considering going there I strongly recommend going with a buddy and stay close together, floors are not only optional in some places but also aren’t always safe to walk on when they do exist.

    • December 26, 2013 at 10:12

      And as always, thank you for your inspiration and contributions! If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be aware of these places. Cheers for your contributions to everything IP. :)

  3. December 23, 2013 at 18:44

    A mixture of great writing and stunning images. Thanks for telling behind the building! Great job as usual!

    • December 26, 2013 at 10:13

      Thank you Cynthia, maybe if I’m lucky I can work with you and Dan on something one day!

  4. Dennis
    December 25, 2013 at 08:48

    I love this blog! No matter what the topic is, it is bound to be interesting. Keep up the great work!

  5. Stephen
    December 29, 2013 at 11:17

    Another fascinating read with beautiful illustrations and moving text. Thank you again. I think that “Hergé” may have had this plant in mind in “Tintin in America” where he depicts a meat packing plant belonging to a sinster “Mr Grinder” where live cows go in one end and tinned meat comes out the other, the intervening steps being hidden behind high brick walls.

    • December 30, 2013 at 22:39

      Thanks for the kind words Stephen. You certainly have a way with visuals, I can picture a cartoonish caricature of the process.

  6. February 3, 2014 at 11:08

    A great article about a place that I’ve never heard of. The old photos of National City look a lot like the old photos of the Armour & Swift Packing Plant buildings in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Fortunately for the Fort Worth Stockyards which closed at the same time as National City’s some of the old buildings, including the hog pens have been repurposed into shops. The Stockyards is a major tourist attraction/trap for the City. This is a link to some of the old photos. http://ripleyarnoldx.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/fort-worth-stockyards/

    • February 4, 2014 at 20:03

      Thanks for the share, I was unfamiliar with the Fort Worth stockyards. It appears the Armour facility there was larger, too. Good stuff.

  7. CyanideStudios
    February 23, 2014 at 06:38

    Just wanted to update a lil… Me and a couple of photog friends decided to make the trip here the other day. We barely made it from the north side of the building, after parking just off of a new access road for a business behind it the crumbling plant, when we were intercepted by workers of the nearby business and harassed… I noted that they were saying things like “If you come back, youre cars wont be there when you come back out” and “Its not wise to be in here, its dangerous and theres a basement full of water you can drown in” but never mentioned calling the cops (theres a serious shortage of police in East STL and this wouldnt constitute a serious emergency anyway) or trespassing… They kept talking about no tresspasing signs but to my knowledge, those signs are for the “driveway” we drove in on, and another one at the property edge for the business but NEVER saw one on the plant or its property… Be careful when visiting, and seems parking on the south side of the plant would be better suited than the north side.. :) Hope that helps all you UrbExers

    • February 24, 2014 at 21:32

      Thanks for sharing, this a good warning to anyone thinking of exploring.

    • RLG
      April 26, 2014 at 14:27

      I stopped by there this morning to take some panoramic photos of the building. I figured with the easy access now from the new bridge and that it would soon be torn down for new development. I took a few shots from across Exchange Avenue and then decided to turn around and head back north (on exchange) to get a few more close-up shots. I pulled into a small drive way right in front of the property and took maybe 10 shots total with a few different cameras. I did notice on the right side of the road a “private property sign,” but figured I was not trespassing but on a city street and that sign was in the brush. The drive way went left on a gravel road to some sort of train company or something to do with trains. (there was a sign) … I was getting back in my car and changing cameras when a pickup pulled in front of my car sideways and a red truck parked on the left of me. Two guys go out of the truck and one asked me what I was doing. I told them taking a few pictures of the building. He told me I was on private property and that they had been having issues in the nights. I was asked to leave the entrance, but I could take shots from the road. I was not going to argue or stick around for long. Especially when the red truck had at least two more guys in it and one got out. I waved to show I meant no harm and apologized for the misunderstanding. They stayed around the property after I left. I pulled out of the entrance and stopped a few yards away to put my camera gear back in my bag, I figure they were from a local industrial business keeping tabs on the property. Just a little FYI if your planning to visit!

      • April 27, 2014 at 20:19

        Wow, thanks for the addition RLG. It is sounding like this is not a place urbexers want to try and explore at this point. Thanks for helping spread the word for safety.

    • Mike
      July 12, 2014 at 18:35

      I worked in the stock yards for many years and as far as I no the only industry left is a rendering plant and a railroad yard. The rail yard has there own security and they are not friendly and discourage visitors. If you go there you will not be made welcome.

      • July 15, 2014 at 16:23

        10-4. All warnings of caution are appreciated and understood here. Thanks for spreading the word.

  8. Tim
    April 23, 2014 at 21:05

    More important is the substantial asbestos contamination in the refrigeration plant, especially the northeast room. The area is patrolled by the Fairmont City Police who are aware of its status as an urbex destination,and the brush which used to provide cover is being cleared.

    • April 27, 2014 at 20:21

      Thanks Tim. Yes, at this point I’d recommend everyone stay away from this location. Too many stories of encounters with aggressors to be considered safe.

  9. May 23, 2014 at 17:55

    The initial pictures really show how bad the air must’ve been. The stench was probably mind blowing.

  10. Victoria
    June 22, 2014 at 14:59

    Who owns the armour property now?

    • June 22, 2014 at 19:44

      I don’t know for certain, but I would be willing to bet the city had assumed ownership at some point over the years due to unpaid tax liens. This is what typically happens with long-abandoned structures. Over time the accrued tax debt eventually eclipses the value of the property, which usually results in the owner relinquishing control to satisfy the debts.

      • Victoria
        June 24, 2014 at 08:20

        Called the citys tax ofc. They say they dont own it, gave me a mans name but no way to contact him..been trying to locate the owners for years now.

        • July 9, 2014 at 14:50

          Thanks for the update, Victoria, interesting the city has no way to contact the owner. I wonder if the taxes are current. If you don’t mind my asking, why have you been trying to contact the owners?

          • Victoria
            July 9, 2014 at 17:41

            Interested in the old railcars that sit there and would love to obtain permission to go in n take pics as well, also heard several companies began clean up there but never saw it thru to completion.

            • July 15, 2014 at 16:21

              Good luck with your venture, keep us updated and feel free to share your pictures here if you do manage to take some. :)

  11. Jon Hallberg
    July 6, 2014 at 10:54

    A very informative article. I now know enough about meat packing to realize that my rejection of processed meat is well warranted. Beyond that, thank you for the excellent photos, and double thanks for not screwing up the photos with a lot of ‘photoshop magic’.

  12. Steve
    September 9, 2014 at 14:25

    My mother worked at armour packing house when I was little. My father would take her there and pick her up. It was a wonder for me when our car was stopped by herds of cattle crossing the road to meet their demise.

  13. Anna
    September 15, 2014 at 20:52

    Could anyone help me in finding this building. Either with directions, very nearby landmarks or nearby addresses or if possible the address of the actual building?

    • September 17, 2014 at 18:49

      Hi Anna, the address and a map link are included at the end of the post. ;-)

      2 Exchange Avenue, East St. Louis, IL 62201

  14. Richard Kitchell
    October 19, 2014 at 18:15

    This is simply amazing to see. I worked for 4 years at the Stockyards, first managing the Inn and Cafeteria in the Exchange building, and subsequently managing part of the warehouse operation. My office was in the buildings in these pictures, and my last year there, I worked out of an office in the “power house” beneath the smokestacks.

    The history of the National Stockyards speaks for itself, and I am glad I was a small part of it from 1977 to 1981. I have always wanted to return to look around, but it is obvious that nature and scavengers have all but eliminated what is left. The ironic thing for me was that three of the buildings I worked out of burned to the ground. The Exchange building was rebuilt, but the original burned to the ground due to a kitchen fire,….the kitchen I managed. Fortunately, that was long after I was gone.

    Thank you for providing the information that you have on this website.

    • October 20, 2014 at 19:00

      Thank YOU Richard for stopping by and sharing your story, I especially enjoy feedback from those with personal experiences with the article subjects.

      These take some time for me to put together, it’s particularly rewarding to hear positive reviews from those who experienced the places first-hand. Glad to know I was able to do the plant justice! :)

  15. Nick
    November 7, 2014 at 21:09

    As of 11/7/14 I have heard they are doing soil samples… Getting ready to tear this down and going to build a truck stop as the state is planning on relooping Rt. 3. I am a delivery driver in the Stock Yards and surrounding areas.

    • November 15, 2014 at 22:36

      Really? Very interesting, thanks for stopping by and sharing that update with us Nick. I figured it was only a matter of time and money. A truck stop would certainly bring a lot more activity to the area. Thanks for sharing this with us!

      • victoria
        November 16, 2014 at 15:37

        what is the company who is planning to tear it down? Victoria

  16. November 17, 2014 at 07:23

    Just to let you all know… My buddy and I want out there yesterday to check out the plant.. Very cool place.. Parked a mile away from this place… We were in there for 20mins before the 3 squad cars came.. We were able to sneak out with out getting caught… The cops actually went into the abandoned building and I never seen cops do that before…. If anybody decides to go out there… Be very careful and just watch out for the cops… They are watching the place big time…

  17. mark
    November 30, 2014 at 16:28

    South St Paul Mn had the largest Armour Plant it was 47 acres it was massive, this plant looks like a little punk, South St Paul had a way bigger Stockyards also had Swift plant and the entire yards employed 12,000 people

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