I tried to hide the graffiti from my photos, but sometimes it wasn’t possible.
The middle section of the smokestacks were coal hoppers, and this device would load the coal into the hoppers from the conveyor belt it rode across. The bottom section of the stacks were storage rooms while the very top were, surprise, chimneys for the power plant.
While the building looks uniform on the outside, inside it’s clearly divided between a hoist room and shaft room (seen here).
This rod mill (?) was made in Denver Colorado at a factory now buried by condos. #justdenverthings
This belt-run axle ran a turbine (now gone) to blow fresh air into the mine.
A hole in one of the boards casts the inverse image of a tree outside across a peeling sanatorium wall.
Either the company was pulling parts from this evaporator to use as parts for other plants, or the last thing the workers did was to get this machine ready for the next campaign. Either way, plans changed.
Steam pipes snake up the walls like vines, but with asbestos.
One of the principal businesses in McConnell was a farm implement and lumber store. This is too new to have been bought there, but I like that it’s still on the edge of town. It’s more comfortable than the emptiness beyond, that used to be a little prairie town.