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Levers and indicators to control and track the path of mine cars moving up and down the mine shaft.  Note the mine depth indicators would trace paper... this is because the steel cables stretch out over time, so the line length changes with the years.
Levers and indicators to control and track the path of mine cars moving up and down the mine shaft. Note the mine depth indicators would trace paper... this is because the steel cables stretch out over time, so the line length changes with the years.

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On the middle level of the Poacher House. For a detailed view of the chart see 'See Reverse'.
A few remnants of the control room that were not vandalized at this point; now it's a different story, unfortunately. The tile is glazed ceramic to be permanently nonconductive.
It's almost hard to tell whether the colors come from oil in the water or the colorful glass lit up by the Michigan sunset.
1904 Sewer Lid
Away from the rest of the plant--as if forgotten, or hiding--is this little stamp press. Yes, this is little by press standards.
A furnace control panel, cut off its subordinate before the plant closed, no doubt to be replaced. I like this shot because it shows that many of the smaller machines were engineered by the plant itself.
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