SOUTH OMAHA Employment
What were the "push" and "pull"factors that brought Mexican immigrants to the Omaha stockyards, and
how did this change over time?
Stockyards in Omaha
Research compiled by: Faviola, Michael, and Samuel
This photograph was taken at the Omaha Stockyards. The stockyards were always busy. Trains would arrive every day loaded with cattle, pigs, or sheep that were then unloaded into the pens. The animals were sorted and later sent to the slaughterhouse. Also, the animals were separated by species. At the stockyards, the animals were checked for diseases or defects, such as infections, sicknesses, or broken bones.
The Livestock Exchange building in Omaha, NE was built in 1926. It is located at 4920 South 30 Street in South Omaha. The building served as the center of the livestock industry in Omaha. The establishment was the largest and most visually prominent building constructed on the Omaha Union Stockyards site. The Livestock Exchange Building is the most significant structure associated with the Omaha Stockyards. The three largest meatpacking centers in the history of the nation were Chicago, Kansas City and Omaha. It was designed as a multi-purpose building, housing not only offices but a bakery, cafeteria, kitchen, soda fountain, cigar stand, telephone and telegraph offices, apartments, and sleeping rooms, a clothing store, ballrooms and a convention hall. It still stands there today and is now an apartment.
This artifact represents the pride that the workers of the stockyards had towards their city. It also recognized the competition between the stockyards of Chicago and Omaha. The artifact let everyone know that the people of Omaha cared about what they did and that they wanted to be the best that they could be at their jobs. No matter what career path they followed, whether it be a big job or a small job, it still mattered.
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