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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Last Roundup: 1938

The Last Roundup: 1938

November 1938. "Entrance to Union Stockyards. Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Bridge is Gone!

As well as the stockyards! Only the brick building visible through the bridge remains, restored and repurposed. Gone also is the accompanying claim to the "world's largest manure pile" which was of course disputed by Chicago! Gone also are the railroad yards which held the cattle cars and the reefers for the beef shipped both east and west. Gone also is the large icing facility in Council Bluffs which provided ice for both the meat reefers and the PFE trains from the west coast.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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