The scale of the grain hoppers helps tell the story of how large Hamm’s was in its day.
We people are so small.
This is part of the oldest section of factory, one that hasn’t had a roof in a long time and all usable equipment has been extracted. The machines pictured would spin sliced beets in boiling water… it was a sealed system before someone cut holes on sides of each unit.
Part of the 1917 mill that had a little bit of roof left over it–most of this building was open to the sky. The birds loved it, but everything metal was quickly becoming too unstable to walk on.
The people that stayed here carved bowls from the mesa itself to collect water.
In the office at the end of the dock are two brooms. One is from the last ore train. One is from the last boat.
Point me to the blast furnace.
The sexiest feature of Kurth is this steel arch over the silos on its south side. The manholes in the floor open to the silos directly, and flimsy grates might catch a hurried worker. Grates were removable so that workers could descend into the concrete tubes, so a few are missing today.
During the Cold War, the Air Force used the radar station to train bombardiers in radar-guided ordinance.