These were retail companies that delivered coal with horse and wagon. Later coal was delivered by truck and the density of retail coal companies dwindled. The development of natural gas pipelines that could deliver gas to each household killed the retail coal company business.
People took pictures of trains, but not of coal bunkers. Fortunately, one is in the background of this picture.
|Carl Venzke posted
Many of the pictures of Milwaukee's Galewood Yard include the coal yard that was on the north side of the yard by Long Avenue. In fact, the silos still stand!
Chad Brown posted eight photos with the comment:
Once located at 3637 N. Clark St. The Collins & Wiese coal yard. Opened July 1920 and closed in 1960. The coal field along with its five hulking silos was demolished in 1961. Later tenants were a Henry's Drive In, Yum-Yum donuts. Yum-Yum was purchased by the team and was briefly used for storage before eventually being torn down. Was part of the Wrigley renovations which includes a Cub clubhouse and office building and an open air plaza. A not yet opened Cub-owned Zachary hotel is in the final stages of being completed is across Clark St. where a McDonald's once were. Couldn't find any pics of the coal yard without Wrigley in the photos.. But cool pics though..
|Stephen Karlson commented on a share
I scannned this picture from an issue of First and Fastest. The grease joint appears to be on the site of the coal dealer used to be across the street from the ballpark.
Stephen Karlson Dennis DeBruler There's another reference to coke below the Collins and Wiese sign. "Solvay" refers to one of the patented methods of coking, and it might be that's Chicago Solvay's retail silo behind, or perhaps Collins and Wiese deal in Chicago Solvay.
|Roger Kujawa posted
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