Looking down at the Port Arthur Ore Dock from Manitoba Pool Elevator #3. The conveyor belts are gone and King Elevator is in the far distance.
A shallow creek traces Illinois Gulch toward the Chain O’ Mines mill. Ball mills are laid out in the sun.
Looking up to the second floor of the Nitrating House, where cotton would be soaked in nitric acid. These brought cotton into the building.
Looking into the main workhouse from the skyway into the annex elevator. But who care? Look at the colors!
The bottom of the tailings boom is rotten. In days when the dredge, floated, gangways connected it to shore, it seemed. You can see the size of the pontoons under the boat here.
Looking from the crane-motor catwalk into the Calumet. The arm shown here with the pulleys looped through it would have been lowered and the bucket conveyor in it would throw grain to waiting ships and boats bound for flour mills and foreign lands.
The middle section of the smokestacks were coal hoppers, and this device would load the coal into the hoppers from the conveyor belt it rode across. The bottom section of the stacks were storage rooms while the very top were, surprise, chimneys for the power plant.
…a better view of the huge tailings boom stretching outside of the tailings pond.
At the top of a skyway that brought fresh-dried cotton into the Nitrating House from the Cotton Dry House. How? Monorail, of course.
Without a conveyor belt, this tripper seems lost. The job of this machine was simply to take grains from the moving conveyor belt and eject it into the silos via the chutes on the sides. Note all the dust collection venting added to the machine to suck up any explosive grain dust.
The tailings boom is the first and last thing you see when approaching the mountaintop shipwreck.
A century-old ghost sign for Royal House Flour was preserved after a building is built above and through it! Looking from the north annex elevator toward the headhouse.
Looking down the kiln line from atop the furnaces.
All of the bucket conveyors crashed on this work floor when their casings were scrapped. Note all of the valves to open the grain flow.
The conveyor between the shore and Dock 2. Note the gap in the aerial walkway that used to connect Dock 4 to the rest of the complex.
A machine to cast copper billets.
The end of the heating line allowed glass to cool slowly, and thus be stronger.
The last tailings on a broken conveyor belt.
A custom ladder to cross conveyor belts on the work floor.
These monorails were on a side line to build smaller parts of the Ranger before being attached to the truck itself. Note in the upper right that there’s another conveyor above this section.
New friends met at the exploring expo.
A belt at the lower end of the mill. Muchow loved conveyor belts.
Where the tailings boom meets the mill.
A closeup of the pulleys atop Manitoba Pool #3 which once pulled conveyor belts full of grain across the cupola building as it was sorted into the silos below.
The sexiest feature of Kurth is this steel arch over the silos on its south side. The manholes in the floor open to the silos directly, and flimsy grates might catch a hurried worker. Grates were removable so that workers could descend into the concrete tubes, so a few are missing today.
Looking at the ghost sign from a rust-locked cement conveyor that linked the silos with a packing warehouse.
The elevator works on gravity… this is where a conveyor belt was to move the grain toward the main elevator to be loaded into ships.
One of my favorite shots from that year, conveyor line parts stacked and hung with Postal Service bins from decades ago.
The conveyorway that carried the sintering material to the mixing floor at the top of the plant.
The end of the monorail in the nitrating house.
Looking into the Pool 8 Annex from the original Ogilvie’s elevator.
The coal crusher (above) and the conveyor (left) to bring the powdered coal to furnace hoppers (right).