fences

Testing Grounds

Ammunition had to be tested on site before shipment. That was done here. These heavy concrete bunkers deflected rounds harmlessly into the earth.

Casting House Trestle

The whole smelter ran on gravity… elevating the various raw materials and working with them until at the bottom of the furnace, copper poured out.

Tunnel Cart

A light-painted portrait of one of the few remaining carts that moved everything from fresh eggs to soiled laundry through the tunnels.

Set the Pie on the Sill

In this ghost town where there were brick, wooden, and dirt-brick buildings, the latter fared the best by far.

Snowed-In Offices

Train-mounted snowplows pushed the snow through the fence and against the old offices.

Headframe Cyclone

Wind-battered catwalk lights between the shaft house and headframe/rockhouse building.

Outbuildings

Outbuildings near the perimeter fence. Beyond is all ranch land.

Frames

Is this a fence, or part of a bed frame?

Tattered Robes of Rank

Facade of tarps and fences on the old house. It used to have a bronze ornament on the second floor patio, but it was taken for scrap years ago.

Stickfence

Typical New Mexico ranch fencing. The power lines follow the rails between Springer and Wagon Mound.

Powerhouse

The powerhouse had two elevated tracks behind it, one for coal and one for deliveries.

Road Engine and Cupola (Film)

Scanned after being recovered from the bottom of an old wooden box for a few years. Circa 2005. The only photo I have showing the steam locomotive out front.

Atlas Stared

“Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and historian.

Anti-Jumber Stairs

Some of the internal staircases were fitted with cages that wound round down the stairs to deter suicidal patients from taking a dive.

Driveway

This old Jetta did more offroading than your average lifted tinted loud-exhaust pickup.

Excavated Foundry

The EPA has been doing work on and off over the past few years, digging up the foundations of the demolished steel mill to clean up the site.

Jackson Residence

“Paint the fence,” they said, but I don’t feel like it… who cares, anyway.

Welcome to Atlas

A gate large enough to accommodate a missile, next to the ruins of the guard shack. Wyoming is the intersection of lonely and beautiful.

Boarded Clocktower

This view of BCT shows the portico where the main entrance is at the base of the office tower, and the clock.

Missile Base Gate

If it wasn’t for the humming and crackling of the wires, I could believe I had arrived to a post apocalyptic landscape.

Mine Shaft Cap

Timbers overlap where mine cars plunged, a strange wooden fence traced the center of the beams.

Spray Pond

The rocket system used several cooling methods, once of which included an evaporation pond, pictured here.

Wrong Side of the Fence

Two roads; the left one you can walk down, but you have to answer questions when people ask. The right one–you don’t want to be found on that one.

Distillery Door

The back door into the old distillery building. Not castle-like at all, sadly.

Vines

The vines are thick across the asylum.

Cutoff Ranch

An abandoned ranch on the east side of the tracks. This was not the Colmor Cutoff they were waiting for.

Hoists

The hoist room, before it was used for storage.

Tower Vines

One thing that struck me as a midwesterner in the South was the vines. They seem to be able to completely cover a building when left alone for a few decades.

Hubert Mine, Nevadaville

The ruins of the the Hubert Mine over the ruins of Nevadaville. Its ore was taken through the town to a mill below it.

Martinsdale Depot (Ektar 120)

The depot at the head of town seems to be being disassembled. Behind it is a dead signal where the tracks used to be; they’ve been pulled.

Boxcar Library

For 20 years, this served as the public library. According to blogger, this has been moved to Springer.

New Mexico Ghost Town

The main street of the ghost town is also the maintenance road for the BNSF line that bisects Colmor.

Bldg. B

I found a meth lab in this building once. (Yes, I called it in.)

Railroad Depot

A squat building with a rail scale. Taken between rain showers in late summer, when I seemed to be the only one at White Pine.

Birch Takeover

Trees between duplexes overshadow the buildings they were planted to shield; revenge for the boards on the windows.

Holmfield, MB- Harrison Mill

The Harrison flour mill, completed in 1897 and expanded in 1901 and 1902. The tunnel that I am standing on probably transported grain from the elevator to the mill. Medium Format.

Electric Pole

One of a pair of poles to hold the electric lines for the streetcars entering and exiting the tunnel.

Milwaukee Road Substation #2

Milwaukee Road’s second substation at Loweth, as seen from the highway. Somewhat ironically, a new electrical substation is across the street from it today.In the background, you can make out a collapsing storage shed and some of the grades.

Island Station Living

Fake Fact: The term ‘stovetop hat’ was coined by Island Station’s architect while trying to explain why he wanted to put the steel chimney on the station. ‘Live Here’ was part of the advertising when the building was host to artist lofts. They weren’t kidding.

Perimeter Fence

The perimeter fence still holds strong, 50 years after it was put up.

Safety Staircase

The fences helped discourage patients from throwing themselves down the stairs.

Back Gate (Film)

Scanned after being recovered from the bottom of an old wooden box for a few years. Circa 2005.

Diversion in the Shaft House

A hydraulic ‘bridge’ couple lower onto the tracks to bring mine cars into the shaft house, presumably for repair. I haven’t found this system anywhere else, but it makes a lot of sense.