Added by on 2016-10-31

The Armour Meat Plant was once at the center of a large conglomeration of stockyards and slaughterhouses in East Saint Louis Illinois. Farmers from all around would visit the stockyards for the buying and selling of cattle and other livestock. In the first half of the 20th century, this was one of the busiest such locations in the United States. The East Saint Louis stockyards were devised to compete with the larger firms already well established in Chicago. The first shipment of cattle had arrived at the stockyards in 1873. By the turn of the 20th century, the stockyards were processing 50,000 animals a week and reaching annual sales of million. In 1903, the Armour Meat Plant was constructed here. According to some sources, Armour employed some 4,500 people to process the animals from the nearby stockyards. Tours of the facility and its operations were made available to visitors. Philip Armour had already been established as a baron of meats. By 1883, he had established his own refrigerated fleet of rail cars. His plants were renowned for his large-scale pioneering efforts. Armour & Co. became one of the largest meatpacking companies in America by the 1890s, generating 0 million dollars in revenue in 1893. Armour & Co. were also one of the first to take advantage of the byproducts of the slaughtering process and make use of what had otherwise been waste products. They sold every kind of product made from animals, from glue to oil, fertilizer, hairbrushes, buttons, and drugs. Armour famously declared that he made use of ‘everything but the squeal’. In 1948, Armour & Co. developed a deodorant soap by adding the germicidal agent AT-7 to their soap. This reduced bacteria on the skin and thereby limited body-odor. The new soap was named “Dial” due to its […]

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  • Urbx USA 11 months ago

    I recently went to the Swift Armour plant in Fort Worth, it's all torn down now =(

  • Matthew Walker 11 months ago

    How do you find out about these places? Let alone find a way in. And how often do you run into trouble when you're in more high security places? Also do you have any advice for safer exploring?

  • Aussie50 11 months ago

    so sad to see those engines and compressors just rotting away :(, and pillaged for copper by theives. the open frame motors are well worth collecting if they are intact, which these ones arent.

  • NightWolfx03 11 months ago

    Amazing bit of heavy industry there. It's interesting how some of the older machinery had a bit of art to it, even the details like the pin striping. I think thoughts about machines have changed, and people don;t put as much pride or effort into some of this equipment that we use.

  • Doogie Rick 11 months ago

    That open frame electric motor in the beginning is really neat. That is one big ass refrigeration system. @ 9:35 I think is the condenser coils for it. Thanks for sharing.