End of the paint line. After reading Father Action’s excellent-as-always writeup about his adventures here, I was pretty cautious around big spinning alarms. (See http://www.actionsquad.org/fordII1.html)
The steam-powered hoist that pulled ore and dropped men from the mine. Note the hydraulic-operated brake on top with its massive brake pad. Now scrapped.
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.
There is a cool old air compressor in the corner of the powerhouse.
A look at another “Belt-o-Vator”. I like the sign.
On the second floor of the former casket plant, which was retrofitted with a conveyor system to coat finished products.
The tallest dock structure is an equipment elevator that connects the many dock levels.
The dock is still lit at night and it casts shadows over the rust-welded ore doors.
The crane on Dock 2, as seen from Dock 4 right after sunset. Notice the old light tower is warped.
Police tape marks were kids got hurt in the past… probably from falling from the unstable catwalk above.