If it wasn’t for the humming and crackling of the wires, I could believe I had arrived to a post apocalyptic landscape.
I believe this is the push car, meaning it would push the charge in the oven out the opposite side into the train car.
If it weren’t for the fact there were trees growing from it, and that I cropped out the end of the rail approach, one might think this is still used occasionally.
This is a 1956 furnace. It was used to forge wheels, casings, and parts for the axel shop.
These machines circulated water through the powder from the ball mills. Gold and silver is heavier than gravel, so it sinks while the junk rock floats.
Bits and things in a pile in the corner of the smelter, the unsold chunks of industrial history that didn’t sell at an on-site auction before my visit.
This spiral staircase isn’t doing Lemp much good–maybe they’ll let me have it! I do love, though, that there is a door going to it–without walls–and it ascends to a second floor that doesn’t exactly exist anymore.
Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
The steam plant could be vertically traversed with this one-man belt driven elevator.