Seals, terra cotta seal. Terra cotta. Gift of Bedford Park Clearing Industrial Association. 1989.355
Terra Cotta Seal
Terra cotta seal. White smoke coming out of smoke stacks from factories in background. CLEARING INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT in white circular banner. CHICAGO in red on factory building. Chicago's city flag in shape of sealed under banner. Locomotives on the bottom.
Terra cotta seal from a building in the Bedford Park Industrial District.
This terra cotta seal is associated with the Bedford Park Clearing Industrial Association, once a planned area for industrial development, the Clearing Industrial District is now the village of Bedford Park. Located on the southwestern edge of Chicago, Bedford Park developed industrially and commercially since the 19th century. During the height of Bedford Park's industrial landscape, the Association provided the area with police and fire protection through the 1950s. During peak years in the 1950s, an estimated 40,000 people worked in the district. Major companies such as Corn Products, 3 M, Nalco, Cracker Jack, Viskase, Continental Can, CSX, the Belt Railroad, and Fed Ex had their beginnings in Bedford Park. By the early 2000s, ninety percent of its land area is devoted to the business industry and it is home to about 360 companies.