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Union Stockyard Gate, Chicago

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The Union Stock Yard Gate, located on Exchange Avenue at Peoria Street, was the entrance to the famous Union Stock Yards in Chicago. The gate was probably designed by John Wellborn Root of Burnham and Root around 1875, and is the only significant structural element of the stock yards to survive. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1981. The plaza surrounding the gate also includes the city's principal memorial to its firefighters.
The Union Stock Yard Gate is located on Chicago's South Side, on a plaza in the center of Exchange Avenue at its junction with Peoria Street. This position marked the principal eastern entrance to the stock yards, which occupied several hundred acres to the west. It is a limestone construction with a central main arch flanked by two smaller arches. The main arch is 16ft wide and 17ft high, with the surmounting truncated hip roof giving the structure a total height of 32ft. The piers of the central arch are topped by conical limestone turrets. The smaller side arches are asymmetrical (one is 6ft wide, the other 7.5ft), but are similarly styled on a smaller scale. One of the side arches retains an iron grillwork gate, of a style that both would have originally had. The main gate at one time had an iron portcullis.
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  • I remember driving past the old Chicago Stock Yards when they were thriving in the 1950s, when my uncle was a foreman in Swift's meatpacking plant, when thousands of people worked there, when you coul...  more »
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  • Union Stock Yard Gate designed by architects, Burnham and Root. Years open: 1865-1971. " At one time sprawling over 475 acres. the Union Stock Yard thrived for more than a century, then closed entirely. This rugged gate erected in 1875, survives as one of the few visual reminders of Chicago's past supremacy in the livestock and meat-packing industries." - a Chicago Landmark established on 1972 and a National Historic Landmark established on 1981.
  • Awesome memorial beyond the entrance. A granite monument dedicated to Chicago Firemen who died in the line of duty making the ultimate sacrifice in giving their life to save another. True heroes.

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