This might have been part of the Pioneer Pellet Plant. It looks to be a ball mill, which pulverizes ore by spinning it with thousands of ball bearings.
A shallow creek traces Illinois Gulch toward the Chain O’ Mines mill. Ball mills are laid out in the sun.
A wounded flour mill, muscled into the corner to keep out of the way.
On the upper floors where the sunlight is yellow–the color of flour dust, once exposed to the elements.
The final ball mill in the Chain O’ Mines concentrator. Behind it was a bucket of steel balls.
Inside the pilot copper concentrator.
Tucked-into the side of the concentration mill… these machines were meant to crush underground rock into a fine dust for mineral extraction.
I tried to hide the graffiti from my photos, but sometimes it wasn’t possible.
One of the machines left over in the underground magnetic separation plant.
This rod mill (?) was made in Denver Colorado at a factory now buried by condos. #justdenverthings
Before the gold could be extracted, the rock was turned to powder. Depending on the size of the steel balls inside the mill, the rock would be reduced to a certain size. So, multiple mills were usually used in stages.
When the building switched souls from booze to bread, these contraptions were mounted across the brewhouse floors… they’re not for hops, either.
The right-pointing crank adjusts the rollers inside of the mill. How fine do you want your flour?