Chains connected hooked baskets and lockers to hoist up clothes and helmets when they were above ground. Whether wet with sweat or dry street clothes, the system worked to unclutter lockers and maintain air circulation around subterranean uniforms.
A super-shallow depth of field shot on the Leica Summilux.
I believe these hooks were meant for hanging filters to dry.
On the upper floors where the sunlight is yellow–the color of flour dust, once exposed to the elements.
The old crane swung on windier days over the Worthington Steam Pump. This is probably last used to disassemble the antique generators, which are all now gone.
Cages and hooks to dry wet miner clothes.
The entrance to the cafeteria when I first saw it (around 2004) still had coats on the hanger. Now the walls aren’t even white anymore because water has removed all the latex paint.
It’s a small world… look at it.
Was the last job of this hook to lift the remaining equipment out of the hoist hall? The control boards, giant electric motors and transformers?
Miners would sit in this room before going into the mine. The boards on the right indicated whether every single miner was “in” or “out”.
A wimpy crane by most standards, only suitable for moving around parts of steam turbines.
This sea leg was installed to unload grain boats. It’s pretty much a big bucket elevator that can be moved and lowered into waiting boats.
A board to track which miners are underground. Low tech, but very effective.