This mean-looking thing had a purpose, probably, but that function has been lost to decades of expansion.
Look at the floor–do you see the hole? That goes down a lonnnnnng ways.
A steel powder keg serves as a door prop on the static-proof wood core floor. Note the ‘XXX’ marking to the left of the double door.
In some places in the mine shops, you can still make out narrow gauge track in the floors.
This is a typical view of the factory; most of it was long hallways flanked by piles of equipment and access points to maintain them.
An old fashioned lift.
A sheik mustard-yellow paint scheme across the roofless engine house goes great with the industrial moss and rust.
These aluminum powder kegs were forgotten in storage.
A small upper level was accessible via ladder through the hole in this ceiling. Ben for scale.
The dry house is in the worse condition of the remaining buildings. This is where miners would change clothes.
Note the really old carvings in the mineral-stained sandstone on the walls and ceiling. This little cave was walled-off on one end, making me wonder what the area was for. Lighting is a set of three candles and two LED flashlights and a cigarette.
The engine room.
Mushroom pillars hold up the dreams of so many, the profits of so few.
Between the Old Crow and Old Taylor bonded warehouses are some of the fouled barrels, now the only ones left, which were left to rot in the elements. Nearby in a loading bay that has obviously been disused longer than the rest of the property, terra cotta roofing waits in crates.
One of a few dozen steel bed frames left in the rubble of the collapsing building.
Looking toward Mitchell from its last building.
This train shed was later converted to load trucks with concrete from the silos.
This is a room where the actual explosive elements were mixed. In the event of an accident, this glass wall would give way before the concrete and thus direct the flames and shockwave away from the rest of the building. In other words, the glass is not just to get a lot of wonderful natural light into the building.
2005. Flavored beers are still popular. The flavor concentrates were stored in this bank of fridges.
2011. Flavored beers are still popular. The flavor concentrates were stored in this bank of fridges.
On the other side of the hole through this wall was a printout with the Kool Aid Man on it.
I would wager that National Mine became the dumping ground for Chain O’ Mines as the company began to fail.
For the Batman movie, fire was blown out of the windows of the factory to make it appear it was exploding. To add to the effect, on actual Brach’s building was imploded.
Too big to be scrapped, to simple to be auctioned. It waited for the demo crews and demo cranes to arrive.
A typical building from the expanded starch line.
The back of one of the former tractor factories.
A building that burned near the Kam seems to have been a warehouse or stockhouse.
This seemed to be the newest building on the property.
Just across the North Dakota border, a rusty Milwaukee Road boxcar sits where it was shoved off the mainline. The grain elevator in the background marks the tracks, which is still used by BNSF.
An auxiliary crane in the corner of the foundry room.
Outside the locker room without the sandwiches and beer… plenty of glass shards, though, if you feel like it.