Looking up from the ground floor at the various levels of the sugar mill.
To the right is the spiral staircase. This building had a definite “floor problem”.
This building stood on stilts until it was demolished. The top floor handled radio traffic to boats and trains. The bottom floor had locker rooms, records, and a lunchroom.
I like to think of this as the hardware abstraction layer. It’s one of many subassembly monorail conveyors that dipped onto the factory floor to deliver assembled subsections where they needed to be on the main assembly floor below.
In the upper left of the image you can see where the gas tanks used to be, along with the concentration equipment. Along the bottom you can also see some of the many railroad tracks coming and going from the plant–the ones visible here were incoming tracks that carried in hard coal from the eastern US.
Dust explosions were a real risk for grain mills. These funnels helped to filter the air in the mill.
Sunset through a stained window in the headhouse made the floor feel like a heavy industrial Disney movie.
The only good shot I have of the top of Battery A, in the upper left. Though it seemed to have been disused before its neighbor it had a lot less growth on it.
Rivets are sexy, and this old machine has more than a fair share.