A filter to separate the sliced beets from boiling water.
This little curled yellow thing is one of the last hints that this adobe building was lived in.
Judging by the bed, this room was used by employees in its later years.
Looking at the engine house (left) from atop the stoves.
Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
A colorful boiler is a happy boiler! RotoGrate systems remove ashes from the boiler firebox by revolving the bottom of the system to let the fly ash drop into a hopper. This greatly increases boiler efficiency.
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.
The well-worn chair in one larry’s operator cab, next to an overgrown coke battery.
The workshop and parts room was full of light and meticulously sorted bolts, nuts, washers, gaskets, and all sorts of specialty hardware.