A mid-line polishing booth. It was fun to see the thousands of lasers and other sensors that guided the robotic arms and tools around the bodies as they passed. Note the red/green stop/go lights in the distance.
Looking down a manlift on the ore dock side of the elevator. It’s a belt-less belt-o-vator!
I really like the porcelain guides for the silk threads, probably used because they could be polished for perfect, persistent, smoothness.
A closeup of the pulleys atop Manitoba Pool #3 which once pulled conveyor belts full of grain across the cupola building as it was sorted into the silos below.
One of the pair of motors that powered this mine shaft. In the 1950s, this shaft was designated a rescue shaft, and was only maintained for emergencies. One reason that Cheratte built Shaft 3 nearby was because these motors and infrastructure did not have the capacity that the giant mine below called for.
One of the early automated painting booths in the paint plant line.
The boiler doors are beautiful, and feature the name of the smelter and mine company. If you like these, check my article on the Mitchell Yards of Hibbing, MN.
The skylights with geared-to-open windows were massive and quite functional.
The left wall is stacked high with wooden crates holding spools. Tags hang on machines describing the last batch of silk the mill ever produced.
In the back of the warehouse is the old incinerator, probably used to destroy kegs that could not be reused.