Union Stock Yard Gate

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Old Stone Gate, Chicago Union Stock Yards
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The entry to the Union Stock Yards c. 1910
Union Stock Yard Gate is located in Chicago
Union Stock Yard Gate
Union Stock Yard Gate is located in Illinois
Union Stock Yard Gate
Location Exchange Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°49′6.77″N 87°38′54.12″W / 41.8185472°N 87.6483667°W / 41.8185472; -87.6483667Coordinates: 41°49′6.77″N 87°38′54.12″W / 41.8185472°N 87.6483667°W / 41.8185472; -87.6483667
Area less than one acre
Built 1879
Architect Burnham & Root
NRHP Reference # 72000451[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 27, 1972[1]
Designated NHL May 29, 1981[2]
Designated CL February 24, 1972

The Union Stock Yard Gate, located on Exchange Avenue at Peoria Street, was the entrance to the famous Union Stock Yards in Chicago. The gate was designed by John Wellborn Root of Burnham and Root around 1875.


The gate was commissioned by the superintendent of the yards at the time, John B. Sherman. The limestone gate still stands as one of the few reminders of Chicago's past dominance in the meat packing industry. Over the arch of the gate, Root included a now famous bust of "Sherman," the favorite prize-winning bull of John B. Sherman. The gate was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 27, 1972.[1] It was then designated a National Historic Landmark on May 29, 1981.[3] The gate was designated an official Chicago Landmark on February 24, 1972. Directly behind the gate is a memorial statue for Chicago firefighters. The statue is located there because of the Chicago Union Stock Yards Fire, and around the base are engraved the names of all Chicago firefighters ever killed in the line of duty.


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Old Stone Gate, Chicago Union Stockyards". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Old Stone Gate, Chicago Union Stockyards". National Park Service. Retrieved March 30, 2007. 

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