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.
The chapel (left) and surgical suite (straight on) move in an out of view as fog rolls up from the St. Louis River valley.
Kat’s pretty cool.
Even in monochrome, you can probably tell what colors were over Hastings that evening: Red, White, and Blue.
Without their walls these Solvent Recovery Line buildings look like blast walls. Their concrete inner structures were part of the design so if there was an explosion inside it would ‘blow out’ with a puff instead of a bang. Now most of these are demolished or overgrown.
The end of the monorail in the nitrating house.
Some local kids were having a fire extinguisher fight when I walked into the lab one day.
Wind-battered catwalk lights between the shaft house and headframe/rockhouse building.
The cupola–the space above the silos–is surprisingly original. The building was too unstable for anyone to scrap it out. Seriously, the floor is a deathtrap.
Wide stairs between the ground, the mine shaft, and the dry house.