Powdered coal would sit in these hoppers before they get mixed with water to make a slurry. Then the mixture is injected into the firebox and ignited to make a coal-powered flamethrower capable of boiling water very quickly.
The steam-powered hoist that pulled ore and dropped men from the mine. Note the hydraulic-operated brake on top with its massive brake pad. Now scrapped.
Fire doors and penis talk.
A portrait of the second school of McConnell, built in 1937.
Watching the demolition of one stockhouse from another. The two cranes were removing steel storage tanks.
I love the ghost sign across these two elevators, originally built as Superior Elevator. It’s looking pretty rough.
This is the building where the corn mash would be boiled in stainless steel kettles, now gone.
One of the covered rail loading docks. All of them were overgrown and rust-clad.
One of the pair of motors that powered this mine shaft. In the 1950s, this shaft was designated a rescue shaft, and was only maintained for emergencies. One reason that Cheratte built Shaft 3 nearby was because these motors and infrastructure did not have the capacity that the giant mine below called for.