The Engine House’s boiler, which would have been fired all day all day, virtually from the day the shop opened until the day it closed.
Steam pipes snake up the walls like vines, but with asbestos.
Note the large belt pulley in the center of the frame. Follow the axel it’s on and you’ll see several belts still attached to the drive, which was originally steam-driven.
The end of the heating line allowed glass to cool slowly, and thus be stronger.
From inside a painting shed, where heatlamps and a vented roof made sure that the Caddy looked like it was worth the price tag.
A closeup of one of the winding machines that found itself under a leaky section of roof.
This is part of the oldest section of factory, one that hasn’t had a roof in a long time and all usable equipment has been extracted. The machines pictured would spin sliced beets in boiling water… it was a sealed system before someone cut holes on sides of each unit.
The main shaft’s cable spooled with bird castings belies the fact that lives used to dangle from its steel-wound strength. Arrows on the circles would indicate the mine level the cars were currently at.
Behind the main shaft is this familiar industrial sight… a running count of days since the last injury.