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Chicago's Union Stock Yards in 1947

When Chicago Was 'Hog Butcher to the World'

Daniel Hautzinger

A square mile of the city just upstream from downtown devoted to turning livestock into products that saw 18 million animals in a year at its peak: the Union Stock Yards are almost unimaginable now, but they once epitomized Chicago, and gave us the assembly line and refrigerated rail cars.
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