Everything had to be tested before being sent to the front lines. Here’s where smaller ammunition would be test-fired. I was able to dig up several misfired rounds. Now they live in my collection of oddities.
Bells are highly symbolic, being used from everything from calling worshipers in the morning to exorcising demons at night.
Taken several years before the tornado story when the weather, and the condition of the buildings, were nice.
A long exposure in the crane cab at sunset throws a bit of color into the bleak yellow glows between the windows and car shaker.
On the left you can see one of the later air shafts for the mine below, which allowed for natural air exchange with the main production areas of the coal mine. That is to say, there were no fans blowing fresh air down below.
In the background you can see the crane, which would in the weeks to follow bring all you see here to the ground.
Note the severed skyway–that led to a set of grain elevators that have since been demolished.
Looking at the concrete headframe from street level. Acros 100 in Pentax 67
In what Studebaker called the ‘Materials Building’ are these giant concrete bins of fine molding sand, there for casting metal parts using the molten metal from the adjoining building. On the far left side there is a train track and once upon a time a gantry crane traced the room under the roof