The Leaning Zip Feeds Tower of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In 1956, my home-city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota became the pride of the world: The Zip Feeds corporation build the world’s most modern feed mill in our town!!!


To quote the Argus Leader

An advanced electronic control system allowed one operator to move feed ingredients from trucks to one of 52 bins in the building. The feed was mixed in four-ton batches and bagged using the control system.

The advanced system also allowed the workers to mix different feeds. This was something most mills weren’t able to do at the time.

However, the mill has long sat unused. Compared to thriving Downtown Sioux Falls (1) or Falls Park (2), the Zip Feeds mill (3) used a lot of riverside land without contributing too much:


Naturally, we tried to blow it up in


The Zip Feeds Mill thundered mightily:


And leaned frightfully:


And kind of just sat there:


In summary:


(It didn’t fall)

They’ll start with the wrecking ball on Monday.

All photographs are courtesy of the Argus Leader, who also made a movie of the attempted demolition available. Fox News and Reuters are also on the ball. Map courtesy of Google Earth.

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Update: Also check out my photoseries of the twilight of Zip, or this flickr set