One of the older buildings on the site, this is an old power house that provided electricity to the plant. I spent some time walking around it and believe it was fired with coal gas but had a diesel backup installed later.
The fresh snow makes the whole complex look a lot cleaner than it actually is.
Part of the grain drier system in ADM #1 crawls up the side of the building like a steel vine.
2005. A skyway connecting two Which tube carried the beer? I hope it’s the big one!
In the corner of the former school grounds…
The first floor hallway between conference rooms and the diesel lab at the center of the facility
While squatting in the power plant a very powerful storm moved over unforgettable, throwing blasts of lightning across the countryside. The plant got a direct hit, in fact, and the sound of the boom reverberating through the turbine hall is something unforgettable.
A screened water wheel, presumably for rotating the dredge once it lowered its “foot” to pivot in place.
There is a flipped tram car about a third of the way down the cliff.
Kansas is known for tornados. Think ‘Wizard of Oz’. That, considered with the fact that the workers were surrounded by bombs and bomb making materials called for lots of earthen shelters, just in case.