Monday, January 30, 2012

Landmark smokestacks along I-44 being torn down

 After service during World War II, plus the wars in Korea and Vietnam, a quartet of St. Louis industrial relics is worn out and will soon be gone.
A demolition crew began work this month to dismantle four smokestacks of a factory built at the height of World War II to produce steel castings for the U.S. military.
For decades, the 120-foot stacks have stood near Interstate 44 and Southwest Avenue, highly visible reminders of St. Louis' industrial might. The factory built by Scullin Steel and known as the Gateway Army Ammunition Plant now serves as the offices and a 250,000-square-foot warehouse of Major Brands, a beverage distributor with operations across Missouri.

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