Armour and Company - Seattle

Bob Chaparro

This photo is from the website, which features the Seattle-now-then column:

Comment from the website: "While surely formidable, the Armour and Co. building at the northeast corner of Third Avenue and Jackson Street was not designed to be admired on the merits of its east façade, as seen here looking west from the sidewalk on the west side of Fourth Avenue South.  Instead the building’s show-front looked south over Jackson Street to the railroad depots.  The railroad tracks showing here connect the Great Northern Depot with the tunnel that still passes north under the business district to the foot of Belltown’s Virginia Street.  The tunnel, first opened in 1905, was the best reason why J. Ogden Armour, the “millionaire Chicago packer,” chose this location for his refrigerated distribution center for the Pacific Northwest, as well as Alaska, which was then still paying for some of its meat with nuggets.  Seattle was also nearer than either California or Portland to the hoped-for meat eaters of the Far East."

Notice the cross-over tracks along the loading dock. And one can't ignore the Soo Line reefer which has the word "Armor" (a misspelling) chalked on the left end, along with something else as well:

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA 

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