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 imploded in a giant cloud of dust.
I had been warned it was going to happen, but I didn’t know it was happening on Saturday, so I missed it. Ever since IDoT had published a map showing a new road going right through it, I was worried it was on borrowed time.
I took hundreds of pictures over the visits where the owners allowed me and others escorted by the guard to visit the property. It was stupendous, and I realize I still have some photos that I haven’t published yet.
Warning: To those urban explorers out there, under no circumstance should you visit the site in this state; there were hundreds of feet of tunnels under the complex, and I have no idea what has happened to their stability after the explosion-induced implosion on Saturday. Plus, it’s trespassing anyway.