One of my favorite shots from that year, conveyor line parts stacked and hung with Postal Service bins from decades ago.
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.
In the bottom of a creek, an antique children’s wheelchair is buried in grass, where someone threw it. Wooden leg braces suggest this dates to the 1950s.
Windows provided the 250-some workers with fresh air and light, and helped to keep flour dust from building up in the air, helping to prevent explosions. Today, machines control air flow better without windows, so they were bricked.
Ringling’s church was built in 1914 and sits on a hill over the town.
Miners at the turn of the century had better taste in typography than the average person does today.
Looking out of the boarded windows in the Great Western Sugar office.
Blast Furnace 7 as seen from the ore yard. Imagine running up those stairs through blast furnace smoke.
Bits of pulp hang from a rough grate on the first floor of the plant, which was dark because all of the equipment blocked the light. This is a grate picture.