Classic Chicago

Swift Meatpacking Co. in 1900

When Chicago was hog butcher to the world

We’ve talked about this before, but it never seems like enough to remind you how much of an impact Chicago had on the world’s meatpacking industry. Titans, like Swift & Co., as seen in the photo above from, were responsible for wrangling and butchering countless numbers of animals back in the 1800s and into the 1900s for our consumption.

The smell from the Chicago Stockyards was so strong that even today some people who live in the Back of the Yards neighborhood claim they can still smell rotting flesh. Pleasant thought, no?

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