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George Henry Hammond | Inducted in 1953 or 1954

A pioneer in the use of refrigerated railcars for the transport of fresh meat.

1838-1886 | Artist: Joseph Allworthy (1892-1991)

Impact & Accomplishments

George Henry Hammond, a pioneer in refrigerated railcar transportation, first tested his revolutionary fresh meat distribution methods at his small packing company in Detroit, Michigan. In 1868, Hammond received a patent for a refrigerator car design and soon built a new plant along the Michigan Central Railroad, in a town that would be called Hammond, Indiana.

By 1875, the George H. Hammond Co. was selling two million dollars worth of meat a year. Within a decade, Hammond’s new plant in Omaha, Nebraska, was slaughtering over 100,000 cattle a year and moving a fleet of 800 refrigerator cars.

Did You Know?

Employees at G.H. Hammond who worked in the lard refinery. Source: Moore, "The Calumet Region," p. 157.

The city of Hammond, Indiana neighboring Chicago at the Indiana state line, was incorporated in 1884 and named after Hammond who owned a large slaughterhouse, the first industry to locate in the area.

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