paperwork

Ballast Record

A carefully kept journal of the ballast levels in the final years that the Ford sailed Lake Superior.

Solvay Footsie

Taken in a closet in the middle of the demolished coke ovens. No doubt, these charts were for equipment in the ovens.

See Reverse

An unmarred chart, printed with the facility name and ready to be sent out to command.

Boots

Rubber dock boots still sits under the desk in the dock office, near keys to rusted locks and files of fired employees.

Pounding Procedure

In the mine offices, a training manual for miners sits open. Here’s how you signal to the surface if you are trapped after a disaster.

Map Desk

The back of the pilot house had a desk full of navigational notes and maps.

Not Improved

Stacks of patient record cards; names in the graveyard. All ‘Not Improved’.

Pattern Supervisor’s Desk

An example of a typical desk at Buckstaff… messy, but everything’s there. It probably looks much as it did in 2011 when the plant closed.

Records Vault

A fireproof room in the basement, perhaps for ammunition storage at one time.

Mischungszusammenselzung

On the left, the formula for the sintering mix was written (“mischungszusammenselzung”) to keep track of the jobs.

Stock Office

Old parts catalogs litter the floor. The office overlooks empty shelves. Graffiti glue peeling paint in place.

Bids

A bank of vertical filing cabinets, probably dating to National Guard days.

Plant Office

In the middle of the foundry, an office is untouched by scrappers, legal and not. Inside, warnings and catalogs for machines that are gone, obsolete, and melted down.

Handcarts

I wonder if these handcarts will become decoration for the hotel being building next to the silos.

Record Room

Records of ore samples, mostly ruined by the water flowing into the space.

Drafting Room

This seems to be the space where upholstery patterns would be drafted. On the table were half-finished notes on a new design.

June 1990 Calendar

In case you were wondering what a day in the life of a patient was like in the later years…

Collapsing Lunchroom

In the corner of the foundry, this lunchroom was literally collapsing under one small leak in the roof. Tile by tile the water ate away the ceiling. Note the clock.

Rockies Mural

Colorado, the most miningest state in the union, seems to be pictured in this lunchroom mural.

Office Floor

Records of dead machines rot on the accounting office floor.

Please Don’t Buy Coors Beer!

A reminder on the Gilman union board not to buy Coors beer. Read more here: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/coors-boycott-when-beer-can-signaled-your-politics

ADM-Delmar #4- Derailment

One of many photos pasted to the walls of the ADM-4 workhouse. This shows a minor derailment near Spencer Kellogg & Sons’ linseed oil factory.

Waterlogged Logbook

I had to search the shelves a while to find this old logbook. The open page lists changes in stock numbers for Cutler Hammer Coils, and one row says that a new coil was installed on the black larry. The larry is the machine that loads coke ovens.

Three Charts

My favorite picture from the mills. These charts remind me of star charts or orbiting planets.

Death Notecards

Each patient had a card of record that reported major events. Births, changes in diagnosis, and for some, death.