Re: Crappy Job

Douglas Harding
 

Manure was a commodity that could be sold. The most common use was as fertilizer. You can buy bags of it today at home centers. Every stockyard, sale barn, feed lot, and slaughter house had to have a plan for dealing with the manure that accumulated from handling livestock. Large stockyards had carts or wagons with work crews who picked it up every day. If not sold locally it was loaded into gons and shipped somewhere. Sometimes it was placed in large bags for shipment. Thus railroads handled gons and boxcars loaded with the stuff. Farmers and gardeners put it on their fields and gardens. Horse manure is favored because of the large amount of straw and hay often mixed in with the manure.

 

I have additional photos of manure and freight cars.

 

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

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