This building had the rusty remains of a few mattresses, likely used in the 1940s when this site was last occupied.
The coke plant looked more natural through a grimy window.
This might have been part of the Pioneer Pellet Plant. It looks to be a ball mill, which pulverizes ore by spinning it with thousands of ball bearings.
Without a conveyor belt, this tripper seems lost. The job of this machine was simply to take grains from the moving conveyor belt and eject it into the silos via the chutes on the sides. Note all the dust collection venting added to the machine to suck up any explosive grain dust.
The locker room was out of a zombie movie.
Jars like these were used to measure the volume of fluid pumped out of TB patients’ lungs.
From an unsteady perch atop the blast furnace, the morning light began to leach into the complex below.
Drawn in fresh concrete about 50 years before I took this picture, and only 2 years after this elevator blew up…
Behind the main shaft is this familiar industrial sight… a running count of days since the last injury.