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Swift and Company Building

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. Swift and Company Building Marker
Inscription.  Gustavus Swift of Sagamore, Massachusetts, founded a meat-packing company in 1850 that revolutionized the industry. His contributions included assembly-line processing, promotion of the safety of pre-cut and processed meat, and improvement and use of refrigerated railcars, allowing year-round shipment. By the early 1900s, Swift and Company had processing plants and warehouses across the United States. The company built this warehouse in 1916 to store processed meat for distribution to markets and restaurants in the surrounding area. Its key location along the former Northern Pacific Railroad’s right-of-way, just south of the tracks, illustrates the critical link between rail transportation and industry. Its decorative brick façade, twin triangle parapets, and stone- trimmed windows are excellent examples of early-twentieth-century warehouse architecture. Massive timber- and-beam construction, expansive cold storage rooms, and a meat smoking tower at the northwest corner remain intact. Faint ghost signs reading “Swift Silverleaf” and “Swift and Company” recall the building’s original use. Swift operated this warehouse through
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
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the 1970s. In 2009, careful and creative adaptive re-use into nine loft apartments preserved the building’s industrial character both inside and out.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 45° 46.894′ N, 108° 30.123′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on Minnesota Avenue near South 26th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2605 Minnesota Avenue, Billings MT 59101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Price Motor Sales (a few steps from this marker); L and L Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mills Durant Star Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Billings Implement Building (about 300 feet away); George L. Tracy Building (about 300 feet away); Actor Bill Hart Visits Montana Avenue - 1927 (about 300 feet away); The ARU Railroad Strike - 1894 (about 400 feet away); Chief Plenty Coups Visits - circa 1921 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 30, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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