One of the cupola air intakes, rattled loose by the demolition downstairs, hangs stranded on the second floor. You can see that the floor I’m standing on in this picture used to extend all the way to the right wall. The blue paint on the wall made the climb absolutely worth it.
Much of the signage in the mill was hand-drawn.
The hoist signal dangling beside the modern mine shaft would ring a bell next to the giant electric motors that would send the men and machinery into the underground.
Much of the milling equipment predated the mill itself, so I would not be surprised if this particular machine really dates to 1860.
The old way to get to the elevator from the mill.
My friends know that redheads are my greatest weakness.
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.
When I revisited the mine in 2013, the hoists were scrapped and sitting by the road.