Union Stockyards Gate

W Exchange Ave
Chicago, IL 60609, US

Category: Industry

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Labor Trail

Video of Les Orear Describing the History of Packinghouse Worker Unionism

Originally a wooden gate, this stone structure was designed by famous Chicago architects Daniel Burnham and George Root. It marked the entry into one of Chicago's most famous industrial sites. The accompanying image shows the area in 1916, just before World War I brought thousands of black workers from the South to Chicago, and a new round of labor organizing in the packinghouses.

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