Pillars painted red indicated firefighting supplies. Fire was a very common enemy of early rail facilities, and many roundhouses burned down because of a combination of dry wood, hot, fire-breathing machinery and countless oil-saturated surfaces.
Thick glass windows allow workers to check the beet juice levels in this steel tank. You can tell by the reinforcement that it had a lot of liquid and had to hold against immense pressure. Kodak Tri-X 400/Leica M7.
A portrait of the second school of McConnell, built in 1937.
Sleeping bags mark this former courtyard as a crash pad for the local homeless.
A late look at the brewhouse, long after the stainless steel tanks were scrapped.
The Hamm-stenciled chairs are all destroyed as far as I know, now, as are the custom ladders built in-house for the company. Taken between the Filter House and Keg Wash House.
Because Oshkosh is close to Green Bay, the Packers are very popular there. Everywhere in the plant there were traces of ‘Cheese Head’ culture.
When it was convenient, the sugar company would pull equipment, even pipes, from one mill for another.
From the catwalks below the hoisting motor in Shaft No. 1.