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Ball and Rod Mills

Tucked-into the side of the concentration mill… these machines were meant to crush underground rock into a fine dust for mineral extraction.

Aaron

The top of the headframe, and in a sense, the mine itself. This pulley carried the life line of the mine and the men in it.

Portico Details

The fantastic Art Deco portico over the main entrance to the concourse.

Quincey Flywheels

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.

Copperless Dynamo

Looking through the center of a scrapped generator, its copper long scrapped.

Dynamo

A closeup inside the mill’s power room.

Refrigeration Pump

These steam powered pumps were integral to the cooling of the meat packing plant next door.

Gangway II

A screened water wheel, presumably for rotating the dredge once it lowered its “foot” to pivot in place.

Charge Car

I believe this is the push car, meaning it would push the charge in the oven out the opposite side into the train car.

Water Wheel I

This wheel scoops the washings from the sluice room and places it on the tailings conveyor.

Spare Parts II

Bits and things in a pile in the corner of the smelter, the unsold chunks of industrial history that didn’t sell at an on-site auction before my visit.

Ruined Hoist

Steel mine hoists, near the place they worked, wait for scrap prices to justify their final removal from Osceola, Michigan.

Sea Leg Motor

The winch that hauled the sea leg, a decide to unload grain from waiting boats and barges.

Powder Cart

Note the wood and rubber wheels on this powder cart.

Spare Parts I

This steel cup on the card would move molten copper to the caster from the furnace.

Water Wheel II

A staircase threads between the top floor and the sluices, which are in the middle of the dredge-mill.

White Shadows

Looking up from the ground floor at the various levels of the sugar mill.