Restricted Area, Wooden Sign A big door into the fire pump room. Similar Images ...based on the tags: doors, signs, stencils, wooden... The entrance to the area where staff could sleep. In the basement were all the valves to control the flow of municipal steam through the building. This hasty hand letting was beside one such valve, near a carved brick with a name and ‘1934’ under it. This was my first view of Harris Machinery’s property… it was strange to find what looked like a ghost town five minutes from downtown Minneapolis! An automatically closing door, in case of fire or flood in the engine compartment. The hoist signal dangling beside the modern mine shaft would ring a bell next to the giant electric motors that would send the men and machinery into the underground. In an era where smoking was ubiquitous and sexy, smoking stations had to be a part of the job, even at an explosives factory. Below the pressure gauges are rows of little pipe fitting drawers. Above my head while taking this picture was the seal of the Department of the Interior. The old hotel doesn’t like to show its age. Indeed, if it had a few paint job and soft remodel it would be fit to open–that is, if there was a need for it in this tiny rural New York town.