Climbing the rickety stairs, we emerged up above the boilers, which you can above, with the coal hoppers on the right. There were a whole forest of pipes up here, probably covered in asbestos insulation, and their use is a… Continue Reading
The giant boilers, once searing hot, were being ripped out one by one, by someone. They’re now buried under the rubble from the implosion. Below, here’s a boiler that was dragged a little ways before being abandoned. Above, the pipe… Continue Reading
The smokestacks were perhaps the most iconic portion of the Armour Meat Packing Plant from the exterior, but they cast a looming presence from the interior, as well.
Back in late 2014, I had an opportunity to tour the Armour Meat Packing Plant with the permission of the owner. Now that the plant has been imploded, I assume it is alright to share these photos of what is… Continue Reading
After the dramatic implosion of the refrigeration plant at Armour in April, demolition is continuing, slowly but surely. It’s actually interesting to look at the building now, released from the heavy vegetation that normally obscured it. The twin smoke stacks… Continue Reading
On Saturday, probably in order to avoid interrupting traffic on nearby I-70 or the surrounding industrial areas, the first half of the Armour Meat Packing Plant, one of the coolest ruins I have ever had the opportunity to explore, was… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished in the spring of 2016.
I went and checked in on that little bit of purgatory, that portion of National City that runs into East St. Louis on the north side of I-64/55. Things are not good. While the Armour Meat Packing Plant still sits… Continue Reading
I’m always amazed to see the Armour Meat Packing Plant still standing whenever I drive by. It must be on its last leg, as the new bridge is opening soon and the property values are supposed to rise. We’ll see.… Continue Reading
The beef slaughter house at Armour, labeled clearly on the Sanborn map, is fairly well preserved. I was surprised that it was on the top floor of the slaughterhouse building, but in retrospect, it makes sense; once the cattle are… Continue Reading