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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > The Wiener Factory
 Name
The Wiener Factory
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 Database Info
created by Explorer Zero on 2/18/2007 6:57 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 6/9/2017 9:39 PM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
A 109000 square foot 2 story art deco style masonry and concrete building on 2.5 acres with a full basement and abandoned rail spur.

It sits on the same property as an active armored transport company and the status may change at any time. Recent activity noted. Accessibility and status changed to moderate and active.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Address

Dallas, Texas
United States
Owner: ATI Services LLC
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • demolition debris
  •  Interesting Features
    its all good
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • razor wire
  • motion sensors UPDATE: may be guarded now
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2005
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • back up flashlight
  •  Recommended Equipment

     History
    Most recently this location was the operation center of an armored transport service. But before that it was a small meat processing plant.

    This was the Dallas branch of the Rath Packing Company, a Waterloo Iowa based company that ceased operations entirely in 1985 after the United Food and Commercial Workers Union helped the employees take control over its board of directors.

    At some point that brand appears to have been bought and re-marketed by the John Morrell company which still produces sausage, bacon and ham under the Rath Blackhawk brand name

    This building was purpose built as a meat processing plant with glazed tile walls, cork insulation, a massive refrigeration system and cold storage locker. Even a few parts of the old conveyor and production line are still present. My guess is it was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

    The building was later partioned off and leased by various tenants, the armored transport company used part of it as their office and collection facility, a produce company had a small office and warehouse in the other end.

    The Armored Transport company built a newer building next door on the same property and it appears to be semi-active. Aerial photos suggest they stopped operating here sometime after 2005. There were several armored trucks and vans still parked here in 2006.

    HISTORIC UPDATE: demo team on site bringin her down

    FINAL CHAPTER: the statute of limitations has run, the spoiled wine has been drunk, the kittens got rescued and the weeny factory is no more
     Media Coverage

     Future Plans
    Most of the land on this side of the street is now owned by Parkland Health System or the Dallas County Hospital District and will be part of their huge expansion.

    Except this one building and it will most likely become a parking lot.
     Stories
    A DEA Saga
    Thu, Feb 22nd, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero


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     Photo Galleries
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    The Exterior
    Tue, Feb 20th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
    15 pictures
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    The Cooler
    Tue, Feb 20th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
    15 pictures
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    BK's Photos
    Tue, Feb 20th, 2007
    posted by Barry Kooda
    20 pictures
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    The Office and Basement
    Tue, Feb 20th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
    25 pictures
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    Return 4.16.08
    Wed, Jul 16th, 2008
    posted by Barry Kooda
    24 pictures
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    You May Be A Wiener!
    Tue, Oct 14th, 2008
    posted by Explorer Zero
    2 pictures


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     Panoramas

    Meat Pano
    Wed, Jul 16th, 2008
    posted by Barry Kooda
     Web Links

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     Moderator Rating
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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/10/2017 4:16 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 10 17 at 4:16, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 9 17 at 21:39, Explorer Zero changed the following: Web Links
  • on Jun 9 17 at 21:38, Explorer Zero changed the following: Notes for Mods
  • on Jun 9 17 at 18:33, Explorer Zero made this location available
  • on Jun 9 17 at 18:32, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Jun 9 17 at 18:28, Explorer Zero updated a story
  • on Jun 9 17 at 18:17, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Front office
  • on Jun 9 17 at 18:17, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Maintenance desk
  • on Jun 9 17 at 18:15, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Boiler stuff
  • on Jun 9 17 at 18:14, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Mr. Driver
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