Update: Demolished in the spring and summer of 2016.
The Armour Meat Packing Plant is certainly a sight to behold. Rising out of the thick underbrush of the northern edge of East St. Louis, it is hard to believe that such a centrally located site could have remained abandoned for the last fifty years. The smokestacks punctuate the northern reached of the old National Stockyards, which are now completely closed.
The ruins of Armour are massive, decrepit and treacherous, with holes in the floor scattered throughout the site. The steam plant, anchored by the two massive smokestacks, is still outfitted with much of its machinery. Looking up, there are large skylights which have lost their glass perhaps decades ago.
Here is the base of one of the smokestacks, still in remarkably good shape despite some evidence of spalling high up on the stack.
The exterior is likewise in various stages of repair, ranging from completely collapsed to well preserved. Read here about the guy who climbed the smokestack, with hilarious results.
The machine room is amazing; the various implements, some over one hundred years old, are mostly lying in the same place as the day the complex was abandoned.
These tanks are stunning, showing how massive the operation was at Armour.
And finally, the killing floor, where if you look very carefully, you can see the metal apparatus that carried the carcasses from room to room.
It normally is shrouded in vegetation and largely obscured from view.