One of my favorite photos of the ADM-Delmar #1 skyway, when it stood. Taken at sunset, with the reflection of the overcast sky in the remaining windows.
While the stokers are gone, the pipes bringing pulverized coal down were left.
One boat comes into port while three wait. The birds, fat from spilled grain, circle overhead. Arista 100.
Windows provided the 250-some workers with fresh air and light, and helped to keep flour dust from building up in the air, helping to prevent explosions. Today, machines control air flow better without windows, so they were bricked.
“Ballistite is a smokeless propellant made from two high explosives, nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine. It was developed and patented by Alfred Nobel in the late 19th century.” -Wikipedia.
When a big motor rusted free of its ceiling mount, it smashed onto this workbench.
A small bunker and blast wall between shell-loading buildings would have provided shelter during disasters, such as tornados, accidental explosions, and perhaps even enemy attacks.
On the ground floor of the main factory there seems to be only one chair left.
My first picture at Nopeming, sometime around 2004. The same year that the county stopped mowing the lawn.