The sexiest feature of Kurth is this steel arch over the silos on its south side. The manholes in the floor open to the silos directly, and flimsy grates might catch a hurried worker. Grates were removable so that workers could descend into the concrete tubes, so a few are missing today.
Halfway up the coal conveyor, covered in coal dust… black streaks of snot. Starting to get good.
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.
Latin; to grow. Root of the English word ‘surge’.
A wide view of the steam pump room, complete with pistons (taken apart for their brass), flywheels (covered in graffiti and rust) and pressure gauges (smashed apart for fun). I guess what I’m trying to say is, I was not disappointed.
A broken scale in Isabella A, next to an old wood stove.
Below the historic National Guard Armory.
Steel mine hoists, near the place they worked, wait for scrap prices to justify their final removal from Osceola, Michigan.
This is the former air compressor house–one of them, at least–which turned steam power into air power to drive machinery across the production line.