2005. Looking across the Mississippi from a park the night after the first snow.
Blending the explosive ingredients was dangerous. It is no wonder that the blending house had so many emergency slides.
The left building is active, the right building is not, though both were built as Wilson Bros buildings. The skyway was rough, inside and out, but I liked the small gate in the bottom of it–it reminded me of a castle. Skyways like these were a fireproofing measure.
Here you can see the end of the scrapping phase in 2011.
This picture tells half the story about the size of half of the complex. For Port Arthur, it’s average, but this would be a fantastically large elevator if it were anywhere else!
This ruined skyway looks like it should be at ground level because of the growth, but it’s actually the second floor of the building.
A bright red light blinks on the end of the abandoned dock to ward off passing boats.
A side view of the floatation level. I found it interesting that there were little ladders and staircases in the mill to help workers get around–this place was not as shoddy as other mills I’ve seen.
Stained windows and sheet metal catch the sunset from across the Ohio River.