Open wide! Here comes the sugar beets!
The gauges on left of frame are the steam pressure indicators for the various steam-powered components around the ship, like the steering engine and windlass motors. Below the gauges are a case of tiny wooden parts drawers… note the ancient oiling can on the locker near the upper-right corner of the frame.
The Engine House’s boiler, which would have been fired all day all day, virtually from the day the shop opened until the day it closed.
Kate in the crow’s next… very shaky by the time she got to it.
Between the gauges for the power plant boilers and the steam pump flywheels.
The power plant of the Old Crow distillery was mostly original. I didn’t have a tripod, so I had to balance my camera on the equipment there.
The oldest part of this mill had a wooden roof that rotted away long ago. Slowly, rust is dulling the edge on every cog left behind.
Pipe fittings in little drawers, lit by tea lights.
All of the bucket conveyors crashed on this work floor when their casings were scrapped. Note all of the valves to open the grain flow.
Power-up to cool down… would have been nice on the hot day I climbed on top of this machine.
Sprays of water kept the muddy mixture flowing across the sluices, which filtered out gold particles from gravel and dirty.
The light next to this acid tank was perfect, thanks to a gaping hole in the roof.
Part of the system below Dock 2.
A porcelain basin in the locker room is detached, but shows excellent patina. I hope when the machine shop is repurposed that this can be saved.
The lime room was in rough shape, but its colors and textures were like raw gold and oxidized copper.
“The fresh snow mixed indistinguishably from the ashes of the half-demolished power plant.”
Two small generators connected to a Frick steam engine.
The sun was setting outside, highlighting the textures and lines that made the form of the power plant take a fourth dimension–time.
In what has turned into a kind of industrial courtyard between four ovens some people have posted their tags. X was here.
An old stoker in a power plant that was abandoned long before the mill next to it, by all indications. Sugar mills burned dry beet pulp pellets for fuel.
A machine to cast copper billets.
Next to the generator room is the pump room, which moved steam around the complex.
An industrial cart next to an inspection point on the evaporator floor.
A simple porcelain fountain in the original brewhouse. The water fountain, no doubt, is not original.
Thick glass windows allow workers to check the beet juice levels in this steel tank. You can tell by the reinforcement that it had a lot of liquid and had to hold against immense pressure. Kodak Tri-X 400/Leica M7.
In case one forgot… mounted behind the appropriate valves. Who hasn’t memorized the appropriate valve positions?
The top floor of the Dominion Elevator. Acros 100 on 120.
The generator room was state of the art when it was installed, allowing the complex to use motors and electric lighting ahead of its competitors.
Water vapor was collected and condensed to be reused in other processes. Kodak Tri-X 400/Leica M7
A winding flue between the ovens for Furnace 6, capped with sketchy catwalks.