May Challenge . . . . A Stack of Bricks (photos added)

Ruins of the Stokely-Van Camp Tomato Canning facility

Sweet corn was the major claim to fame back in the day, lots of other products were canned here as well, such as Asparagus, Lentils, Pumpkins, and Tomatoes

ย Coal fired boilers supplied the energy used in processing

A fairly impressive brick smokestack emitted the smoke high above the plant

Lightning rods extend above the stack, while steel bands add additional support to the brick structure

The stack seems to have survived all these years far better than the factory building

Photo taken in 2018 looking west to Tomato Facility

Stack at Teasdale Foods (formerly Joan of Arc)

John Greer grade school

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

10 response to "May Challenge . . . . A Stack of Bricks (photos added)"

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 10, 2019

      Me either!
      Be interesting to know how it was done.
      Angels Landing wouldn’t be a big deal to those guys.
      I know ‘of’ a person who would climb those stacks to measure and install covers when they were no longer in service!
      No way, not even maybe!!

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: May 10, 2019

    Wow….that is an amazing structure when you think about it. Iโ€™m not surprised the plant is closed because who eats canned asparagus ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ or my other not fav peas๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž I have so many unfortunate memories of canned peas. I was so glad to move to California and find that those two veggies taste great if eaten fresh.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 10, 2019

      And we can all thank Clarence Birdseye when we cant get fresh veggies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. By: Lah Posted: May 10, 2019

    Very interesting. I grew up on canned veggies and I survived. Not sure as a kid that I even thought about taste. Think it was more like eat it so you can get to the dessert or go back out and play. I’m not a cook who slaves over a stove for long periods and I would be too lazy to shell peas, but I do grow snow peas in my miniscule garden. As an adult, I moved on from cans of my childhood to frozen veggies for ones not cooked fresh. I guess so many of us did that, the plant no longer was making a profit. Looks like an interesting brick destination.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 11, 2019

      Thanks!
      No way to beat fresh veggies — snow peas are good and sugar snaps too — when I was a kid we got canned vegetables or none at all in the colder months.
      Looking for more brick possibilities in the days ahead.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: May 12, 2019

    Oh, I remember Stokely vegggies! My mom always had frozen corn for us in winter, but we did eat canned green beans in winter. All of the canned tomatoes were from a nearby Red Gold factory. I’m sure that’s all gone now, too.

    I would love to have seen that school when all those bricked-in windows were still windows. It would have looked quite grand.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 12, 2019

        I vaguely remember Elwood from trips to Muncie taking brother to Ball State University.
        There were open air sheds here and there where some of the canning took place?
        Seems like on one of the trips there were people in the sheds lined up doing something to do with the canning — sorting tomatoes maybe? Maybe a retort too? Been too long ago.
        This was some 60 years ago and only a brief view as we drove past.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 12, 2019

    Back in the day in the UK old brick chimneys were being removed. Larger ones using explosives. The BBC News in black and white showed the really big ones being blown up (well, down) and then the film (pre digital) reversed and the chimney arose again out of a cloud of rubble. Us kids loved that bit.

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