Elgin Milk Condensing Company

Elgin Milk Condensing Company (HM178P)

Location: Elgin, IL 60120 Kane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 2.436', W 88° 17.203'

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Gail Borden, pioneer in the food preservative industry, established a milk condensing plant on this site in 1865. His discovery incorporated a process by which water was evaporated from milk, and sugar added as a preservative. This process, patented in 1856, increased the availability and variety in dairy products, allowing the populace a sanitary and nourishing alternative to fresh milk. The stringent procedures he employed inspired high standards, revolutionizing the dairy industry. By 1881, this company was the largest of its kind and a major factor in determining Elgin's reputation as a dairy center. Production ceased in 1918 due to the rising cost of milk. Elgin's Gail Borden Library, located nearby, is named in his honor.
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HM NumberHM178P
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society series
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Year Placed1992
Placed ByThe Elgin Heritage Commission and the Illinois State Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 9:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 393504 N 4655084
Decimal Degrees42.04060000, -88.28671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 2.436', W 88° 17.203'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 2' 26.16" N, 88° 17' 12.18" W
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Area Code(s)847, 224
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 119-199 N Grove Ave, Elgin IL 60120, US
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