Windows provided the 250-some workers with fresh air and light, and helped to keep flour dust from building up in the air, helping to prevent explosions. Today, machines control air flow better without windows, so they were bricked.
In the power house corner is this gratuitously gigantic doorway. It used to be even bigger, too, as indicated by the brick arch another foot over the top windows.
Coded writing on a pillar in one of the assembly buildings.
The basement held a makeshift chapel.
The piano must have been a nice distraction; there is very little to do in Roberts.
Panorama from where the skyway connected the cleaning house and elevator. ADM Meal Storage is to the right, ADM-4 is to the extreme right, and Kurth is on the left.
Looking up from the industrial courtyard.
2005. A skyway connecting two Which tube carried the beer? I hope it’s the big one!
The individual ovens are skinny to allow even and fast heating of the whole interior. Numbers are cut into signs because no paint could withstand the heat or corrosive emissions from the coking process.
In an era where smoking was ubiquitous and sexy, smoking stations had to be a part of the job, even at an explosives factory.