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.
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.
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.
While the stokers are gone, the pipes bringing pulverized coal down were left.
An ad hoc scrawl remembers some long-done project.
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.
Steam pipes snake up the walls like vines, but with asbestos.
The pipes in the boiler would be full of water, so the heat in the furnace.
Demolition crews got a taste of this 5-story power plant and decided to take a month-long smoke break. Here’s the bite.
Interlocking bricks at the mouth of the stoker-less boiler.
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.
Harsh rail yard lighting throws shadows of broken windows against the line of boilers.
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!
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 old boilers of the steam plant have been mostly gutted to remove loose asbestos.
“The fresh snow mixed indistinguishably from the ashes of the half-demolished power plant.”
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.
Spare firebox bricks palleted on the second floor, is if it was going to be repaired.
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.
David Aho, the owner of Mitchell Engine House, poses beside the boiler.
Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
The steam plant could be vertically traversed with this one-man belt driven elevator.
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 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.
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.
Easier-to-demolish parts of the power plant were torched apart. Catwalks to nowhere meant lots of dead ends.
When the Mitchell project is complete, I’ll miss the textures on the face of the boiler.