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I believe it was called the Pickle Gate because pickling was a chemical process done to steel produced at Armco.
You answered my question as to how Pickle Gate got its name! Thanks!
According to the book, 1907-2007 The Butler Plant (a book about Armco), the Pickle Gate Crossing was named for an actual pickle processing plant that was located nearby. The plant closed in 1900.
Wasn't this considered a very dangerous intersection at the tracks? I recall in the 1950s/early '60s the brother of a classmate Robert Varnum (S.Butler CO) was killed on the tracks while driving home one night. There was talk of naming a bridge Robert E. Varnum Bridge, but decided against it since others had died there, too.
Yes; Bob Varnum was my dad's brother. There had been consideration of naming the bridge after him; I remember my grandmother had some kind of a letter stating that PickleGate Crossing was the Robert Varnum Jr. Memorial Bridge.
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