Pillars painted red indicated firefighting supplies. Fire was a very common enemy of early rail facilities, and many roundhouses burned down because of a combination of dry wood, hot, fire-breathing machinery and countless oil-saturated surfaces.
This is what it might have looked like if a new Ford descended in the elevator with its headlights on. As seen from the Mississippi side–the opposite portal faces the sand mine.
A row of security lights line the roof of the power station.
I wonder when fluorescent lighting was added.
Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
The bridge here moved workers between the dock, the approach tracks, and refueling buildings.
When I see this picture, I imagine that I am an ant exploring a mushroom farm.
One of a few dozen steel bed frames left in the rubble of the collapsing building.
The buildings were level with one another, so one could look through as many as a dozen factory floors from one window.