The rocket system used several cooling methods, once of which included an evaporation pond, pictured here.
A huge steam pipe snakes between catwalks, through the floors, and toward the condensers, so the water could be recovered and reused.
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.
Looking from the shaft room into the room where an electric hoist would be.
Indianapolis’ beautiful downtown is in the distance, past the gas storage tank.
Bits and things in a pile in the corner of the smelter, the unsold chunks of industrial history that didn’t sell at an on-site auction before my visit.
The side of the maintenance shops, still home to several disassembled electric carts.
Where the approach meets the dock.
The end of the new elevator. Line of bird droppings follow the fire sprinkler pipes and wires in the room.