Update: By fall of 2018, the site was a vacant lot.
The old factory in Walnut Park, a victim of changing economic and technological times, is being demolished.
It was never the most impressive abandoned building, but the weird mix of junk inside was famous.
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My father retired from B-W and had worked in that plant for 30 years. The company made bottle washing and pasteurizing machines. He was proud to work there – doing metal fabrication work. When he got that job I recall him saying it was a big deal because he had diabetes – in those days you could not get a decent job if you had diabetes. Previously he had floor sweeping job at downtown Famous-Barr and similar jobs.
He would roll-over in his grave if he saw his company looking like this. Very sad. Although B-W remain a successful company with its headquarters in Clayton.
Thanks for sharing such a special story, Evelyn. I appreciate it.
I explore abandoned buildings in st louis and post videos for all too enjoy.. i never take anything or vandalize.. what street is this on… any information on locations is appreciated. I wont share or give up locales to anyone.. Im just trying to document historic buildings before they are gone. if you type in. Tattootonyalton with no spaces on you tube a circle with a black and white drawing will come up and you can find my channel and watch.
I worked there in the late 70s-early 80s. It was a beautiful building back then. Evelyn I bet I knew your father.
I always wanted to revisit but knew I couldn’t. Fond memories of that place. I drove past a couple months ago and could hardly see it due to the overgrowth.
You can still see the old factory, as of 7/17/2019 on Google Satellite Images, which I assume will soon be updated and gone forever. I have a copy of the image, if it is gone, by the time you read this.