Early bird gets the blast furnace. You gotta love that ore yard gantry crane.
Inside the west portal is a big liquid propane hand warmer, for workers to take the cold off their gloves as they handled the switches and doors of Cramer Tunnel. Mamiya GA645 / Kodak Pro 400
A long exposure of the side of the coke ovens, lit by the nearby streetlights.
The working end of the blast furnace, where molten metal would flow like lava out of the furnace… a process called ‘tapping’.
C’mon and grab your friends… we’ll go to very—rusty lands…
Looking into the coke batteries in the extant oven… chunks of coke are still hanging from the inner walls, despite the exterior’s wrecking ball pummeling.
Counter-weighted ore cars alternately filled and emptied to feed Furnace 7. Honestly, though, the corner-mounted cranes are sexier in my opinion. Note the trees growing from the stacks.
This is a 1956 furnace. It was used to forge wheels, casings, and parts for the axel shop.
One of the three ovens where the powder would be heater to over 2000 degrees… hot enough to fuse iron, but not hot enough to liquify it.
Blast Furnace 7 as seen from the ore yard. Imagine running up those stairs through blast furnace smoke.
These copulas made the iron for casting.
The tops of the coke stoves.
A winding flue between the ovens for Furnace 6, capped with sketchy catwalks.
Furnace #6; its catwalk and tapway. Note the lever-operated gutter-blockers.
Looking at Carrie from the place where the molten steel would be cast