Re: Beer Reefers for Everyone

Tom Vanwormer

The ice houses were handed to Armour Meatpacking in the 1880s.
Tom VanWormer
Monument CO

Jeffrey White jrwhite@... [STMFC] wrote:

Prohibition lives and not just in the South.

Illinois permitted every political subdivision (county, township, city, 
ward and precinct) to decide if they were going to be wet or dry after 
the repeal of prohibition.  The law permitted that decision to be made 
either by a vote of the elected representatives (i.e. county board, city 
council) or by referendum.  The law also states that once that decision 
was made, it can only be changed by the same method it was made.  In 
other words, if the city council or county board voted to go wet, then 
the city council or county board could return toe political subdivision 
to dry.  And if the wet/dry decision was made by referendum, then it can 
only be changed by referendum.

This created a patchwork of wet/dry areas in Illinois that still exists. 
During the time period we cover, much of rural Illinois was dry.

Of course alcoholic beverages still passed through the dry areas and 
often there was a county that was dry but one or more municipalities in 
the county were wet.

Anheuser Busch products were brewed only in St Louis until 1951 when 
they opened a brewery in Newark, NJ.  This later expanded to 9 breweries 
in various parts of the country but much of that expansion happened 
after the cutoff date of this list.

Busch began pasteurizing their beer in the early 1870s and shipped it 

The Anheuser Busch website says this about the company owned cars:

"Refrigerated Railcars- Adolphus expanded the use of refrigerated 
railcars, which were first introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition 
in Philadelphia. By 1877, Adolphus was using 40 cars built by the 
Tiffany Refrigerator Car Company of Chicago. In 1878, Adolphus and three 
other businessmen established the St. Louis Refrigerator Car Co., which 
later provided Anheuser-Busch with a fleet of 850 refrigerator cars to 
transport beer throughout the nation.

Rail-side Ice Houses- Ice was another variable that Adolphus had to 
manage in the shipment of his beer to distant markets. Ice melts, so in 
order to keep the refrigerated railcars cold, fresh supplies needed to 
be stored so that the cars could be repacked. To make sure the company 
had an ample supply of fresh ice, Anheuser-Busch built a series of ice 
houses and storage depots. When the railcars pulled in after traveling a 
distance, they could stop and reload with fresh ice."

I wasn't aware that the company built it's own ice houses.  I wonder 
where they were located and how long they lasted?

Jeff White

Alma, IL




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