A better view of the belt system that drives all the machinery in the plant.
Halfway up the coal conveyor, covered in coal dust… black streaks of snot. Starting to get good.
A hydraulic ‘bridge’ couple lower onto the tracks to bring mine cars into the shaft house, presumably for repair. I haven’t found this system anywhere else, but it makes a lot of sense.
This is an elevator to move mine car loads of sand to the surface for cleaning and eventually glass production. Below is a flooded equipment vault. In front and behind is a loop through the larger tunnels in the mine. The horizontal braces supported electric cables for the mine carts.
A self portrait, from the early 2000s.
Steel mine hoists, near the place they worked, wait for scrap prices to justify their final removal from Osceola, Michigan.
The superstructure for the sea-leg skyways serves no purpose now… the offices are bricked up, too. Why?
Go on and jump in, if you want, there’s even a ladder to climb out.