The turned rail was to prevent runaway cars from going over the end of the dock and into the lake.
Miners at the turn of the century had better taste in typography than the average person does today.
The final ball mill in the Chain O’ Mines concentrator. Behind it was a bucket of steel balls.
Beside the shaft building are two fans on skids, indicating they were used underground.
2005. Flavored beers are still popular. The flavor concentrates were stored in this bank of fridges.
The roof of the elevator was partly lit naturally with six big skylights. The less electricity pumped into a grain elevator, the less chance of a grain dust explosion.
This room on the top floor of one of the oldest buildings has seemingly not changed since it was adapted for employee use. Some sections of the hospital were adapted for staff to live in. Paying Patient Ward–where capable patients were separated from wards of the state.
This is a room where the actual explosive elements were mixed. In the event of an accident, this glass wall would give way before the concrete and thus direct the flames and shockwave away from the rest of the building. In other words, the glass is not just to get a lot of wonderful natural light into the building.
Fake Fact: The term ‘stovetop hat’ was coined by Island Station’s architect while trying to explain why he wanted to put the steel chimney on the station. ‘Live Here’ was part of the advertising when the building was host to artist lofts. They weren’t kidding.