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Powder Keg at 269-2

A steel powder keg serves as a door prop on the spark-resistant wood core floor. Note the 'XXX' marking to the left of the double door.
A steel powder keg serves as a door prop on the spark-resistant wood core floor. Note the 'XXX' marking to the left of the double door.

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Between the Old Crow and Old Taylor bonded warehouses are some of the fouled barrels, now the only ones left, which were left to rot in the elements. Nearby in a loading bay that has obviously been disused longer than the rest of the property, terra cotta roofing waits in crates.
This is one of the more private rooms in the old section of the hospital. It likely only accommodated one patient.
One of the older buildings on the site, this is an old power house that provided electricity to the plant. I spent some time walking around it and believe it was fired with coal gas but had a diesel backup installed later.
A self-propelled model, this crane could move itself on and around the dock by itself.  Its primary purpose at the docks was to remove ore chutes from the sides of the docks for repair, although occasionally it had to pull-up cars and trains that went over the end.
This is one of my favorite doorways (yes, I have favorites) for a few reasons: 1.) You can see how the once-arched door has been squared-off for rectangular doors to fit; 2.) you can see one complete historic door and one ruined door, and the chain that used to hold them together before someone kicked-out the security, and; 3.) I like the texture of the bricks and design of the radiators in the room beyond--the blacksmith shop.  Just do.
Note the really old carvings in the mineral-stained sandstone on the walls and ceiling. This little cave was walled-off on one end, making me wonder what the area was for. Lighting is a set of three candles and two LED flashlights and a cigarette.
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    Looking across a skyway at the dust-collecting funnels, one of the few pieces of equipment that haven't been completely decimated by time and the elements.

    This building seemed a bit too eager to murder me, but it was too late to turn back. Built with inadequate materials, due to WWI material shortages, and built in a hurry, due to its sister plant burning to the ground, every day this building still stands flouts time, nature, and gravity.

    A self-propelled model, this crane could move itself on and around the dock by itself.  Its primary purpose at the docks was to remove ore chutes from the sides of the docks for repair, although occasionally it had to pull-up cars and trains that went over the end.

    I have a unique perspective of the Allouez Ore Docks, and that's my usual perch on the last light hoop. Find out how the docks sound when the lake freezes. What it's like to watch a 1,000 foot ore carrier passing by in the fog. Finally, I go in detail to tell the history of this place, where boats and trains danced by the lake.

    Standing on the bricks of a demolished house, the framing from the side of a garage seems to form a cross. In the distance, one of the excavators swings back and forth, sending the coal seam straight to the furnaces.

    Brown coal is plentiful in central Germany, but it lies under its farms, towns, and people. By the time you read this article, the town I took pictures of will be part of a mine pit.


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