Re: Another forgotten Chicago road: Columbia Malt Dr.
Date: June 13, 2014 02:46PM
September 15, 1990 Tribune:
The shuttered Falstaff Brewing Co. plant, with its broken windows and peeling paint, has for many years been an eyesore for Southeast Side residents and drivers along the Chicago Skyway.
Yet, despite the ``no trespassing`` signs and the barbed-wire fence that encloses what was once the brewer`s malting division, the site can look like a great adventureland for a bored kid.
``It`s humongous. It`s empty. It attracts the kids because it has so much possibility,`` Lolly Rodriguez said.
``It`s a big monster of a place to play,`` said her husband, Bob.
For Ricky Rodriguez, their 10-year-old cousin, the forbidden clubhouse became a death trap.
On April 26, the boy and four friends climbed 15 flights of stairs to the top of a grain silo inside the factory grounds. According to police, Ricky lost his balance as he was jumping up and down on a large conveyor belt and fell through a hole to his death.