Cheratte lives on in the shadow of its abandoned coal mine, although most of the shops are abandoned and many of the city’s landmarks have fallen into disrepair. Like other Belgian mining towns, those who have stayed in the town have kept up their apartments, so much of the company-building duplexes and homes are in great condition.
A huge steel tank, one of several left over, left over from either the Ashland Oil or Allied Chemical periods.
Now, to add a human scale.
This old ward, not a victim of remodeling, still has metal screens over the open windows of the doors. It should be obvious why glass were not used.
Often the quickest way to move between buildings was to take the roof. The inside of the complex was so maze-like, I don’t know how I would have found my way around.
I was invited to watch the 4th of July fireworks atop the Kurth tower before the current owners bought the property. Every one of the 12 frames has dozens of fireworks–just look closely. The main display is from the Stone Arch Bridge, of course.
During the Cold War, the Air Force used the radar station to train bombardiers in radar-guided ordinance.
A bunk room, minus the bunks.
The building collapsed except for the back room. The slats of the roof cast lines of light across the floor.