Union Stock Yards Gate
850 W. Exchange Ave.
1879, Attributed to Burnham & Root
A lonely symbol of the vanished stockyards, the Stone Gate is almost certainly the work of Burnham & Root, who did other projects for the stockyards’ owners (including a house for its organizer, John B. Sherman, Burnham’s father-in-law). This tripartite gate marked the entrance to the animal pens, providing a large central arch for livestock and wagons flanked by pedestrian arches. The great copper roof concealed an iron grille that was lowered each night over the main arch; the southern arch has its original, hinged iron gate. Above the central arch is
a relief head of another Sherman, the steer that won the American Fat Stock show in 1878.
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