Re: Heinz Vinegar Cars.

Douglas Harding

Tim there was a vinegar production facility on the north side of Rogers,
Ark. along side the Frisco tracks. It was torn down a few years ago in the
name of progress. But they had very large wooden vertical slat tanks along
the tracks. Also remember seeing what I could call very large (use with a
forklift) apple crates stacked outside the building. Pictures were taken,
but for a friend who was interested in vinegar plants at that time. I do not
have the photos, sorry.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, orchards surrounded Rogers. Along the
railroad tracks were produce houses, apple evaporators where apples were
sliced and dried, and an enormous apple-cider-vinegar plant. ..... By the
1920s, Rogers had grown to over 3,000 residents. The Apple Blossom
Festivals, held each spring from 1923 through 1927, attracted thousands of
people to Rogers to see the floats, tour the orchards in bloom, and see the
Apple Blossom Queen crowned. But year after year bad weather plagued the
events. The apple industry itself also was in decline since disease and
insects had begun to wreak havoc in the orchards. The festival ended, and
soon poultry replaced apples as the main agricultural product.

It apparently was a Speas Vinegar plant: This site has a few historic photos.

Doug Harding
Iowa Central Railroad

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