Admin, 2005. This is the only good picture I took of the Administration Tower before a lightning strke ignited its roof. Now a metal cap keeps the water out of the most iconic building at the Kirkbride.
The hospital was surrounded by walking paths that crisscrossed the front green, as it was called. Part of Kirkbride’s plan was to have ample opportunities for exercise outdoors–fresh air, especially cold fresh air, was thought to have curative properties.
Exploring Dock 4 was a very different experience, since it was almost all metal.
The entrance to the area where staff could sleep.
From atop a concrete slap that seals the old path of Mine Shaft #3, I loop up into the hoisting room.
The bridge here moved workers between the dock, the approach tracks, and refueling buildings.
While the stokers are gone, the pipes bringing pulverized coal down were left.
Looking up the hill from the rooftop of the Temple Opera Block. The downtown casino (left) looks far closer to its original use as a Sears Roebuck department store than it does today. Behind it is the blighted Carter Hotel, one of many abandoned buildings near the former Orpheum.
Elevator B, used by a local farmer, stands behind an old farm truck at the edge of town.
On the left you can see one of the later air shafts for the mine below, which allowed for natural air exchange with the main production areas of the coal mine. That is to say, there were no fans blowing fresh air down below.