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.
While the last of the Studebaker production buildings were being demolished, I visited again. Here’s a shot taken shortly after the demolition crew left for the day.
The barracks are being reclaimed by nature.
I had to search the shelves a while to find this old logbook. The open page lists changes in stock numbers for Cutler Hammer Coils, and one row says that a new coil was installed on the black larry. The larry is the machine that loads coke ovens.
The most derelict of the old bonded warehouses. Note the barrel elevator on the side of it!
The scale of the grain hoppers helps tell the story of how large Hamm’s was in its day.
Grain is taken from the bottom of the silos through a conveyor in a tunnel. These blowers keep the air in the tunnel fresh.
Furnace #6; its catwalk and tapway. Note the lever-operated gutter-blockers.
This “pit” would allow workers to crawl below locomotives to service them.
This building had no identity issues. My chief regret was not spending more time documenting the ghost signs around the complex.