The nitrating house was a chemically dangerous place, so it had thick metal and concrete shield for every station right next to an emergency shower.
2016. A section of the third floor that has changed a lot over the years. Compare to 2006 shot.
It was obvious which parts of the hospital were the newest, by their relative utter self destruction. It’s comforting to the Cubical Dwellers, I think, to know that as soon as the power and plumbing are disconnected that all hell will break loose and dismantle their suspended ceilings, drywall boxes and fluorescent suns in no time at all.
The Blacksmith Shop (right) was connected to the Bunk House (left) via this narrow walkway. This is likely due to the fire risk in each building. The left building had a cooking stove and furnace for heat and the right building had a small industrial furnace to repair mining equipment. A little walkway would mean that a fire on one side would be easier to fight from the other.
This is a 1956 furnace. It was used to forge wheels, casings, and parts for the axel shop.
The control room was used through the mid-1990s as the plant was used to stabilize the power grid.
The water tower no doubt made good scrap after it hit the ground.
A stencil instructs the first and third shifts to ask security for access. Security was out during all my visits, except one mishap where a strung-out local chased me with a truck. Having spent a decade exploring the U.P., I was not caught off guard.
Stained windows and sheet metal catch the sunset from across the Ohio River.