Saturday, June 9, 2018

Cargill/American Maize Products/Amaizo and Falstaff Malt Plant

We have already seen with an Ingredion/Corn Products plant that processing corn is big business. This photo shows us that it has been a big business for over a century.

Carole Brozovich posted
An aerial view of "Amaizo" showing Wolf Lake still connected to Lake Michigan.
There are many other interesting things you can note in this photo, circa 1926. The old "Roby Racetrack", the Town of Roby, "Boardwalk Park", the “Fish Houses”, & the old “Forsythe Race Track”. Lever Bros. is not in this picture because it wasn’t built until 1930.
The plant has obviously been rebuilt, probably more than once.
3D Satellite
And because of the stigma associated with corn syrup, Cargill also avoids a reference to corn in its name by using the name "Texturizing Solutions."

The railroad that runs along the west side of the plant then and now is a branch of the IHB that connects to NS/Pennsy just east of Colehour Yard. This plant was so important to the IHB, that they built across Wolf Lake to reach their Burnham Yard even though this is the only plant served by this branch.

It was rebuilt after 1938.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
Anthony D Diaz commented on Carole's posting
Kris Rumbut posted
RSSX 1503 (ex GTW SW1200) crosses Indianapolis Boulevard with the help of veteran US&S crossing signals. This unit along with a GP9 serve Unilever and Cargill.
Hammond, IN 12/15/18.
[Street View   Satellite    It would be crossing Indianapolis only for the Cargil plant, which is south of the street. Unilever is north of the street.]
Aaron Grace They gotta add gates to that crossing. Too many accidents there.Kris Rumbut The signals do not meet regulations. It controlled by a flagman. If they don't stop for a human standing in a road with a stop sign, I doubt they'd stop for a flemsy aluminum gate.Kris Rumbut Hammond has already threatened to pave over it. It was in horrible condition last year. I think the IHB redid it.
[The comments provide photos of the SP GP9 and the GT switcher before they were repainted yellow.]
Carlos Ferran posted five photos with the comment:
Before leaving the Chicago area for home, I swung by Whiting to see what was running. Cargill's switcher, RSSX 1503, made some moves at Unilever, across the highway from Cargill's main plant. They eventually collected some tank cars, and shoved into the main plant before calling it a day. Taken January 6, 2019 around the 1300 hour.
Question: Does anyone know what type of horn is mounted on 1503? Thanks.





Matt Ignowski It's a Buell single chime horn
Screenshot @ -1:10
Marty Gatton:
RSSX 3432 shoves a cut of tank cars coming from Unilever to storage adjacent to the Cargill facility near 112th and Indianapolis Boulevard
Thursday February 21 around 3pm.. [2019]
[The comments contain additional photos of this and their other loco.]

It is no surprise that brewing beer has been a big business for over a century. In this copy of the 1920's photo, I added a red rectangle around Falstaff's malting plant. "Prior to Falstaff ownership, it was actually two different companies, Albert Schwill and Columbia Malting." [Biob Lalich comment on a posting]
Top photo plus Paint

Percy Sloan 1930 Aerial, cropped, via Newberry

Carole Brozovich commented on her posting
[I discovered this is from]
The main facility has been torn down. That explains this isolated property between tracks.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
This Falstaff plant also solves a puzzle I have had ever since I spotted these silos along the Pennsy tracks just east of the big lift bridges across the Calumet River on satellite images. When I rode the Pennsy from Fort Wayne to Chicago when I was in college, I remember seeing a big Falstaff sign on a grain elevator on the right just before I got to the bridges. But these silos that still stand are on the left side of an inbound train. Now I understand that I was seeing the plant that has been torn down rather than the silos that are still standing. It is good to learn that my memory was correct. The Falstaff sign was just a little further east of the bridges.
3D Satellite
Update: there used to be a lot more to this grain facility along the Calumet River.
John DeWit Woodlock II posted
CR 6444,6736,5546 @ "CP 509"-Chicago,IL 03 SEP 98.
John DeWit Woodlock II posted
CNW 6886,UP 4246 @ CP '509'-Chicago,IL 22 MAR 97.

John DeWit Woodlock II posted
CR 6199,6703 @ CP '509'-Chicago,IL 22 MAR 97.

John DeWit Woodlock II commented on his posting
Part of Falstaff is in the background.
John DeWit Woodlock II commented on his posting
Looking "eastbound" down the PRR. Note the remaining portion of the Falstaff complex on the left.
Wayne Koch posted
PC ex-NYC EMDs on the PRR at Colehour South Chicago ILL 3-1970 Jim Burd.
Dennis DeBruler I've never seen a photo that included the whole Falstaff facility before.
Bob Lalich The Falstaff plant was formerly two separate companies; Albert Schwill & Co and Columbia Malting Co.
Kim Tonry commented on a post
I took this shot of them on November 16, 1985 back when I worked for the Daily Calumet.
Kim Tonry Torn down 1996-97.
Benito Herrera They did the right thing by tearing down these silos and this is why: "The brewery has remained vacant since the 1970s."
Susan Johnson-Deneen Benito Herrera I think about all the dangerous places I “investigated” as a kid. We used to build underground forts and spend hours in them underground. They were secret and if they had caved in, it would have been terrible for our parents. We would’ve been hard to find.

1996 Flickr of the silos being torn down     photo of the headhouse

More photos with Falstaff in the background

In the background of a 1995 Flickr railfan shot (source)

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