Wabash Avenue neighborhood buzzed with activity after war

Wabash Avenue neighborhood buzzed with activity after war

Bob Kriebel

Lafayette Journal and Courier(IN)

Months after the 1862 Civil War prison was a memory, Wabash Avenue residents watched a building go up in their neighborhood with keen interest. In October 1862 the meat packer Henry Sample opened his brick, slate and concrete packinghouse near the Wabash River.

The job took all summer. The finished building contained 300,000 bricks shaped and fired in a couple of Lafayette area kilns. Some called the cavernous finished building “Mammoth Cave.”

In the fall meat packing season, Sample put 23 men to work dressing 28,000 hogs and 4,800 cattle for export in barrels of brine. During the same season workers at the rival J. H. Telford Company — whose slaughterhouse may have confined the prisoners — dressed 24,000 hogs and 3,023 cattle.


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