Meat Market

This unidentified photo shows a local butcher and possibly the owner in a Galt meat market from around the turn of the 20th Century. It could possibly be the Whitaker Estates Meat Market that was on the southeast corner of C and 4th streets. Early meat markets, such as this one, were quite busy with daily customers as there was very little refrigeration and, unless it were cured, the meat would spoil quickly. Notice the sawdust on the floor. It was used to soak up any fluids from the butchering process. There seems to be cured bacon and ham on the counter and more cured bacon hanging behind the butcher. After several years, most local meat markets were absorbed into grocery and supermarkets. You can still find a few independent meat markets in larger cities.