This is a 1956 furnace. It was used to forge wheels, casings, and parts for the axel shop.
Because painted signs would not hold up in this spot–in between four ovens that were literally hot enough to melt steel inside. Solution: Cut the pipe labels into the sheet metal. Seems to have worked.
On the boarded-up first floor of the house proper near the door to the chapel, the last pew sites next to a wet box of Bibles.
Every elevator has sets of these conveyor switches. Grain comes down through the top chute and the bottom chute rotates to move the flow onto various belts around the plant by gravity. The cross belt is another switch and the bridge belt brings the flow to the other half of the elevator.
A diesel crane and conveyor belt tripper are the major pieces of equipment that dominate the dock.
This is one of my favorite images of the year because of the color, light and textures. Someone told me once that the medium of photographers is not film or digital sensors, but rather shadows. This photo is evidence of that.
Goals for 1980, still tacked onto the wall.
Snow flies across the frame as the sunken cribbing freezes bellow the concrete.
Drawn in fresh concrete about 50 years before I took this picture, and only 2 years after this elevator blew up…