Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Armour Meatpacking Plant

Posted in 35mm, black and white, Chicago, photography by Jason Gray on April 23, 2011

The Armour Meatpacking Plant in National City, Illinois rests its hulking, decayed mass on the former site of the National Stockyards. This complex, formerly consisting of crisscrossing train tracks, bellowing pigs, and the rhythmic clang of industrial machinery, represented the second largest hog processing center in the world (behind Chicago’s Union Stockyards). If you were wondering, it was Chicago’s Armour Meatpacking Plant location that inspired the colorful tale, “The Jungle”, by Upton Sinclair; one can only surmise that the conditions probably weren’t much different at this location.

In any case, the plant was abandoned in the 1950’s and it certainly looks that way. More information on this site can be read at Built St. Louis and at my friend’s site St. Louis Patina (if you haven’t checked out his site, definitely do!).

All shot with Nikon N80 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens on Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO film.

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  1. […] I returned to the abandoned Armour Meatpacking Plant to get some color images of this amazing building/compound for my new “Place” series. […]


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