These buildings were largely used as concentrators for the crushed rock, although I did spy some small mills inside these too.
The stonework was done by a local handyman of sorts, who was also a guard at a nearby insane asylum. He did a great job, it seems to me.
When it became “Hyde Park Hospital”, this portico was added onto the front.
The old No Trespassing sign, with the Peavey logo still on it.
Some warnings on the older battery which was visibly older than its eastern counterpart. This set of batteries had no railing between the side of the ovens and a long drop onto railroad tracks… I like this picture because it shows the effects of the heat and corrosive gasses on the area around the ovens.
The floor in this building (now demolished) was very rotten. This picture was taken through a window from very firm ground.
Ladders crawl the back of the signs. Graffiti writers’ right of passage.
The individual ovens are skinny to allow even and fast heating of the whole interior. Numbers are cut into signs because no paint could withstand the heat or corrosive emissions from the coking process.
A long exposure panorama of Electric Steel and Kurth from the roof of Russell Miller B, days before it was demolished.