In front of a rust-welded Illinois rotary stoker is where the boiler-men made their mark. The last year I can make out is 1985.
David Aho, the owner of Mitchell Engine House, poses beside the boiler.
An old stoker in a power plant that was abandoned long before the mill next to it, by all indications. Sugar mills burned dry beet pulp pellets for fuel.
Demolition crews got a taste of this 5-story power plant and decided to take a month-long smoke break. Here’s the bite.
Steam pipes snake up the walls like vines, but with asbestos.
The boiler room has four big boilers in it, which seems like overkill. No wonder this plant could supply power to the works and the town at full capacity!
“The fresh snow mixed indistinguishably from the ashes of the half-demolished power plant.”
The pipes in the boiler would be full of water, so the heat in the furnace.
Harsh rail yard lighting throws shadows of broken windows against the line of boilers.
While the stokers are gone, the pipes bringing pulverized coal down were left.
When the Mitchell project is complete, I’ll miss the textures on the face of the boiler.
The boilers are gone, but round brick portals remain where they used to meet the walls of the boiler room. Behind it appears to be the coal bunker itself.
One of two matching M.W. Glenn boilers, perhaps the last made by this prodigious boilermaster. As the boiler room is partly below Second Street Easy, they probably will not be moving any time soon.
Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
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.
Easier-to-demolish parts of the power plant were torched apart. Catwalks to nowhere meant lots of dead ends.
The power plant of the Old Crow distillery was mostly original. I didn’t have a tripod, so I had to balance my camera on the equipment there.
Considering the side of Boiler #3’s firebox, where it meets the boiler (between the cylinders). The top piece is where the exhaust is sucked into the chimney, one chimney for each pair of boilers.
The steam plant could be vertically traversed with this one-man belt driven elevator.
Interlocking bricks at the mouth of the stoker-less boiler.
Either the company was pulling parts from this evaporator to use as parts for other plants, or the last thing the workers did was to get this machine ready for the next campaign. Either way, plans changed.
A colorful boiler is a happy boiler! RotoGrate systems remove ashes from the boiler firebox by revolving the bottom of the system to let the fly ash drop into a hopper. This greatly increases boiler efficiency.
The boiler doors are beautiful, and feature the name of the smelter and mine company. If you like these, check my article on the Mitchell Yards of Hibbing, MN.
The old boilers of the steam plant have been mostly gutted to remove loose asbestos.
Spare firebox bricks palleted on the second floor, is if it was going to be repaired.
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.
An ad hoc scrawl remembers some long-done project.