Re: Livestock through Chicago

Tim O'Connor

Indeed the construction continued through World War II. There is a huge
collection of photos on Facebook of the 1942 construction (over railroad
yards and several mainlines) of a huge new bridge over the Mississippi River
between East Dubuque IL and Dubuque IA -- a major meatpacking town! The
enormous girders are labeled Bethlehem Steel -- I'd love to see how they
transported them. Possibly by barge down the Ohio and up the Mississippi,
as they seem far too large for rail cars. The collection has some nice
shots of freight trains.

Tim O'Connor

As for Illinois itself, with large brokerage stockyards at St. Louis, Peoria, Chicago, and nearby Milwaukee and Indianapolis, there were options everywhere for farmers to move their stock themselves, cutting out several layers of middlemen. With the Good Roads Movement having its start in Illinois and perfect topography for easy paving, the transition to motor vehicles here was blazingly fast.

Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL

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