These 7 Rare Photos Show Chicago's Meat Packing History Like Never Before
By Elizabeth Crozier|Published March 05, 2020
An Illinois transplant who grew up and went to school in Indiana for 22 years, Elizabeth holds a BFA in creative writing and has enjoyed traveling across the country and parts of Europe. She has visited half of the states, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and regularly travels home to the Hoosier State to see friends and family. With more than five years of writing experience, Elizabeth’s articles have been featured on several websites, and her poetry and short stories have been published in multiple literary journals.
Whether or not you’ve read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” you’re likely familiar with the history of the meat packing industry in Chicago. Taking place alongside the rest of the American Industrial Revolution, this advancement in the way we produced and sold animal products changed the lives of our entire nation.
Of course, our first go at this industry so many years ago wasn’t as successful as it could have been. Sinclair’s novel brought attention to the horrendous work conditions suffered by employees as well as the disgusting ways our food was being processed. Scroll on for seven rare photos of the city during this time.