That floor isn’t dirt–it’s old rotting grain that’s formed into a sort of moldy mud.
One of the pair of motors that powered this mine shaft. In the 1950s, this shaft was designated a rescue shaft, and was only maintained for emergencies. One reason that Cheratte built Shaft 3 nearby was because these motors and infrastructure did not have the capacity that the giant mine below called for.
Old hospital beds.
On the left is a bathroom, which is why it has the wire mesh over the door; so it could be locked and still be ventilated. On the right side are small double-bed rooms, which still have their heavy wooden doors. More attractive than jail cell doors, but serving the same purpose.
In the barracks.
The stage had two pianos. Did they ever duel?
The pit on the left was one of two that accommodated the bottom half of the Motor Generators, which converted AC to DC.
…when injection molding was the new thing that everyone was experimenting with.
Sleeping bags mark this former courtyard as a crash pad for the local homeless.