In the days before a centralized fire alarm system, coded whistle blasts would warn when and where a fire broke out.
A primitive intercom system connected the various wards to their respective nurse’s stations. They looked hand-made and likely originated, in part, in the FFSH carpentry shop. They were often placed high, like this one, to be out of patient reach.
One of the generators, weeks before it was taken apart to be shipped to another power plant somewhere else.
My guess is that the Capitol Hotel closed and Adler bought up some of their equipment.
A closeup of the now-scrapped steel chute.
A big door into the fire pump room.
The shaft house, where hydraulic steel doors allowed or denied entry into the mine shaft. Overhead is a light and alarm. If it sounds, the mine is being evacuated, and you best not go in and best stay the hell out of the way. Locals dump tires here, now.
The top floor of the nitrating house was full of switches and breakers for the operation below, each bearing a label and number. Nowadays everything is printed, but when INAAP was built, all these signs were painted by hand.
An automatically closing door, in case of fire or flood in the engine compartment.
Two steel hoppers supported by counterweights and springs, which were used to weigh incoming grain loads before being deposited in the silos beneath this floor. Garner is another way to say “big measuring tank”, if you were wondering. I fell in love with all the tubes and chutes on this floor.
This used to be one of the office doors, but it’s been removed (apparently without malcontent) and placed in the shop area.
Part of a furnace control panel.
This building cleaned the barrels that transported ingredients through the plant.
The texture of the cracking poured concrete ore pocket is somewhere between stone and driftwood.
Local kids probably call this the ‘Shootin’ Shack’, judging by its war wounds.
A big sign marks where the elevated walkway is severed where Dock 2 used to meet Dock 3, now gone.
The aft lifeboat survived auction, although now all it holds is an emergency ladder to help men who’ve fallen overboard get on deck.
The side of the maintenance shops, still home to several disassembled electric carts.
A sign hanging near the shop office.
The sign that greets visitors to the ghost town of Colmor. Nothing says ‘welcome’ like birdshot.
The ice reflects the blue sky on the rust. The sunset blasts through the concrete pillars holding it all up.
Because there’s no Port-a-John underground.
The locker room was out of a zombie movie.
At this junction where Brewery Creek gets a breath of fresh air stands a kid holding a paintbrush: a Banksy (famous graffiti artist) ripoff.
Standing between pockets 1 and 2. You brought hearing protection, right?
The ’59’ is just a reference to that work station. Unfortunately the scrappers beat me to this machine–there was not much left besides the 2-ton shell and this control panel.
A handmade sign tracks the progress through the current beet campaign. For this factory, it was about 30 years ago. Perhaps the idea was to pit shifts against each other.
What are we to do in an emergency?
Below Dock 2 is a set of fire pumps.
Parked permanently in a back garage, the last of its kind.
A little sheet metal box somehow made it back home.
Every timber pillar was numbered for maintenance purposes.
The great stenciled number on this chute caught my eye.
A broken-down wooden grain chute.
The scale of the grain hoppers helps tell the story of how large Hamm’s was in its day.
This corner of the building was the coal room, used to feed the two big boilers inside. The steam equipment has been replaced with electric, so this section may not have changed much in the past decades.
Much of the signage in the mill was hand-drawn.
A storage vault for guns and other weapons to protect the base from attack.
Work never done.
The elevator works on gravity… this is where a conveyor belt was to move the grain toward the main elevator to be loaded into ships.
A staircase leads behind three of the dock chutes, seemingly to nowhere. The lower on the left held one end of a string of lights above the dock.
One of the walls of the train shed was growing, thanks to a little bit of sunlight and a constant trickle of rainwater over it. FP-100C.
A closeup of a flour chute.
“Ballistite is a smokeless propellant made from two high explosives, nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine. It was developed and patented by Alfred Nobel in the late 19th century.” -Wikipedia.
When the ship loaders were added, a doorway was cut through the metal silo to make a room for the grain handling equipment. Note the dust sensor in the corner of the torch-cut archway.
Hand painted fire extinguisher notices and a long room which I strongly suspect was a pattern cutting room.
The Hamm-stenciled chairs are all destroyed as far as I know, now, as are the custom ladders built in-house for the company. Taken between the Filter House and Keg Wash House.
Looking across the catwalk behind the ore chutes, when they were up, and at the top of the ore chutes during loading.
Looking into the Pool 8 Annex from the original Ogilvie’s elevator.
Compressors and turbines over the Eagle River.
The tunnels were full of bricked-up doorways. I wonder how many rooms under there are totally sealed from the outside world…
I found a meth lab in this building once. (Yes, I called it in.)
In the steam plant, steam pipes bundled in canvas and asbestos criss-cross the walls.