An Amazing Discovery, Armour, July 2016

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I headed back over by Amour on Saturday, and not much has changed on the slaughterhouse, but a tons of rubble have been removed from the site of the refrigeration plant.

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Giant husks of metal, some recognizable as refrigeration tanks, and others as the pipes that once snaked around the building, lay about, probably about to be cut up as scrap.

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And then I spotted it.

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The giant De La Vergne engine survived the implosion, and is sitting upright in relatively good condition. Can it still be saved, please?

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Daniel says:

    That is awesome

  2. Todd says:

    So happy to see this!
    Any scrapper worth their weight knows scrap is lowest common denominator, anything worth more should be sold off. That’s why I was so surprised to hear of it being scrapped. No scrapper or scrapyard would have just thrown that to the smelter.

  3. Andrew says:

    That’s amazing! We revisited shortly after the implosion and I halfheartedly hoped the engine would be intact sticking out of the rubble. Is it still there? I’d love to go see it.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      It’s worth taking a look. I photographed the site back in mid July.

  4. andy craig says:

    I am very pleased to report that this engine/compressor has been purchased by a group of volunteers and is being saved to display at the American Farm Heritage Museum located at Greenville Illinois . we could use your help in funding such a big project , contact Andy Craig at if you would like to help .

  5. Terry Garrett says:

    I have to ask, did you ever get any pictures of the old Swift Plant. I remember it still being up in 1976?
    Appreciate the update.
    Has any new industry moved in or just the new interstate by-pass?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Terry, unfortunately I wasn’t alive back in 1976. There is some scattered light industry in the place of the packing plants, but there are a lot of hopeful realtors’ signs lining the streets. Someday, it would be a great place for warehouse distribution centers, in my opinion.

  6. Chris says:

    I am so happy to hear that this engine has been saved! I was almost ready to go and offer whoever owned it $100 plus its scrap value.

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