Image from page 252 of “Illustrated history of the Union Stockyards; sketch-book of familiar faces and places at the yards” (1901) – Chicago Picture

Identifier: illustratedhisto01gran
Title: Illustrated history of the Union Stockyards; sketch-book of familiar faces and places at the yards
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Grand, W. Joseph
Subjects: Union Stock Yard & Transit Company of Chicago Stockyards
Publisher: Chicago, T. Knapp Ptg. & Bdg. Company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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and allowed to run on gov-ernment lands for two years. The change of climateand the sweet grass of the North increases their sizeand quality. Western rangers are now furnishing tothe Chicago market during the fall most of the beefand export cattle used here. Seventy-five per cent of allthe range cattle come to the Union Stockyards. Someidea of the close relations existing between the stock-yards and the ranch may be formed when it is saidthat nearly $15,000,000 are advanced in a year by thelive stock commissioners at Chicago on the growingcrop of fall steers,yearlings, etc., which are running wildand getting fat in unconscious anticipation of bringinggood prices and paying off their ownersdebt. This isa mild form of the great mortgage evil which envel-oped the planters of the South before the war, whosecotton crops were mortgaged to their full value everyyear before the crop was ripe. However, the conditions existing at the present timein the cattle business are favorable for a boom.

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IHE UNION STOCKYARDS 251 The last government live stock report gives the num-ber of cattle, not including milk cows, in this countryin January as 32,085,000 This is the smallest num-ber known since 1880, being 2,279,000 head less thanlast year. The following will give an idea of the number of cat-tle now in some of the principal range and agriculturalstates of the West: Texas, 5,518,644; Iowa, 2,886,978;Kansas, 1,766,245; Missouri, 1,686,990; Illinois, 1,480,-976; Montana,l,158,587; Nebraska, 162,469; Wyoming,751,849; Colorado, 926,960; South Dakota, 899,814;North Dakota, 255,509. These numbers do not includedairy cattle. All those now in the cattle business will remem-ber the sudden rise in the i)rice of cattle in thespring of 1880. During the winter of that year Texasyearlings were contracted for at $8 and $9 per head,while the following spring they found a ready sale for$18 and $14 at Dodge City. Between that time and1886 there was an enormous boom in range cattle,English capitalis

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