A quick vertical panorama taken on my back at the sweet spot of a great summer sunset. On the skylight is the torch-cut catwalk that used to link the outside of the smokestacks that vented the cupolas.
I like this picture because it shows some of the only unbroken windows at Packard.
Looking across the catwalk behind the ore chutes, when they were up, and at the top of the ore chutes during loading.
I wonder what this guy is thinking, walking through the complex.
Exploring Dock 4 was a very different experience, since it was almost all metal.
Behind the factory was an old truck, blocked in by overgrown trees on one side and the buildings on the other.
Those able to work would be compelled to help fix up the facility, grow, harvest, and prepare food for fellow ‘inmates’, or work on vocational skills.
Installed in 1904 at the center of the plant, this is one of two batteries of boilers. Being in Oshkosh, heat was very important to keeping labor moving in the cold months.
The UP gets a lot of snow, making exploring its old mines a special challenge in the winter. The snow is more than 6 feet deep in this picture, and firm enough to walk on.