Sunday, March 17, 2019

Continental Can Company

Chicago area used to make a lot of cans. In addition to the American Can Co. having multiple plants, the Continental Can Company had at least three plants. The end was in 1987. [Jim Frascone comment on a share]

Plant #5, 5401 W 65th St

William Russ posted four photos with the comment: "Continental Can Company demolition - 2009."
Edward Meyer Big factory from 65th and Long to Linder.
Edward Labno That whole place was sub divided. I delivered to one of the businesses with a semi tractor trailer in about 2008. They all had the same address like 5501 W 63rd st. . You had to check into the lobby and find your destination/ building number & location.There was a huge map you checked for EXACT position. Once you got was easy. HUGE AREA. Maybe just under a square mile. Had rail & truck access.



I'm saving a 2019 satellite view because if Raani Corporation builds something, they will probably erase the evidence of the industrial spurs.
Google Earth, 5/30/2008   It was gone by 10/6/2009
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

That white-lined brick architecture was very popular for industrial plants in the Chicago area. When I parked my car east of the 31st overpass of the BRC+Manufactures' Junction/Cicero Central Railroad tracks and walked back west, I spotted this building to the north on the west side of Kilbourn Avenue. I took this photo to remind myself to check it out. I do need to get better photos while it is still standing. A Street View indicates it is the office of Unilever Best Foods (They also have a Hellmann's sign.) That plant is still rail served. Note the peaked roof of the water tower of the former Western Electric plant just to the left of the Best Foods office.
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