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Sioux Falls had it's own meat packing plant debacle 100 years ago

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1891 Sioux Falls Stockyards and adjacent packing plant under construction. Photo from Siouxland Heritage Museums
1891 Sioux Falls Stockyards and adjacent packing plant under construction. Photo from Siouxland Heritage Museums

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) The packing plant controversy in Aberdeen isn't the first time that outside investors lost their money in South Dakota because of a meat packing plant.  In the 1890's, eastern investors put tens of millions in todays dollars into a four story granite meat packing plant at Skunk Creek.  Our own Senator Richard Pettigrew was a major part of the project but sold out his interest before it was completed. Bill Hoskins, Director of the Pettigrew Museum, told KELO-AM news that it only operated a very short time because of poor planning. The waste of the plant was directly dumped into Skunk Creek which flowed into the Big Sioux and right through the center of Sioux Falls.  The city shut it down with an injunction and it sat empty until it was torn down almost 50 years later as a WPA project.

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