This is one of my favorite images of the year because of the color, light and textures. Someone told me once that the medium of photographers is not film or digital sensors, but rather shadows. This photo is evidence of that.
Cages and hooks to dry wet miner clothes.
In the upper left of the image you can see where the gas tanks used to be, along with the concentration equipment. Along the bottom you can also see some of the many railroad tracks coming and going from the plant–the ones visible here were incoming tracks that carried in hard coal from the eastern US.
The Engine House’s boiler, which would have been fired all day all day, virtually from the day the shop opened until the day it closed.
Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
The spiral staircase ends in the basement, where two oil tanks (for the lantern) and a freshwater tank (for the Keeper) were stored. The basement consists of two long arched vaults like this.
One of the machines left over in the underground magnetic separation plant.
The bottom of the grain drier inside ADM-Delmar #1.
Water vapor was collected and condensed to be reused in other processes. Kodak Tri-X 400/Leica M7