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Pevely Dairy plant named to National Register November 28, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, History, Preservation.
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The old Pevely Dairy Plant, on the more-obscure Chouteau Avenue alignment of Route 66 in St. Louis, was named to the National Register of Historic Places effective Nov. 18, according to an e-mail from the National Park Service.

Pevely Dairy, especially its ice cream, was a St. Louis institution for more than a century. But Pevely Dairy laid off all its workers about a year ago and shut down the plant. Pevely remains as a division of Prairie Farms. Jim Fox wrote this nostalgic article in the Suburban Journals about Pevely’s long presence in the community.

It was announced in January that a developer had purchased the complex weeks after the layoffs, but one of the factory buildings was destroyed in a fire in March.

More pictures of the fire can be seen here. A video of the building collapsing as firefighters run for their lives is here.

Since the fire, there was speculation of whether the developer would continue to try to spruce up the site.

The plant was at Grand Boulevard and Chouteau Avenue in St. Louis. Chouteau was an alignment of Route 66 from 1929 to 1935. Here’s a decent Google Maps image of that corner at Chouteau and Grand, where the Pevely building and its huge sign on the roof have been a local landmark for decades. This is not the factory building that burned; it was the one about a half-block down the street.

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