This is part of the oldest section of factory, one that hasn’t had a roof in a long time and all usable equipment has been extracted. The machines pictured would spin sliced beets in boiling water… it was a sealed system before someone cut holes on sides of each unit.
Now, to add a human scale.
Watch your head, say the colors. This side of the plant is apparently still standing and is owned by the city.
Sunbeams under the sintering belt. Support cradles for the wires crossing the factory are falling down.
The old movie theatre sign was sitting right inside the sealed front doors.
I’m not sure, actually, whether this was an outhouse (right), but it seems likely. In any case, it was connected by a covered staircase to the Bunk House (left). The soil here was not all tailings, so there is a bit of thick grass–almost the only in sight!
These houses were built for the use of the lighthouse keepers in 1913 (left) and 1916 (right). The second house was added when the entry added a fourth light and required a second rotation. Today, there are no unbroken windows in either building.
One of the last times I saw the skyway standing. ADM’s Meal Elevator is in the distance.
When boiling beet juice accidentally spills from the gas-fired tanks two feet away, you better be wearing some of these, or bye-bye legs.