A custom ladder to cross conveyor belts on the work floor.
This is the former air compressor house–one of them, at least–which turned steam power into air power to drive machinery across the production line.
Identical warehouses seem a little newer than the rest of the plant. I suspect these were added in the mid-1950s for the Korean War, during which about 200 buildings were added to the complex.
Bayard Sugar Mill, as seen from the old power plant
A classic Eveready, borrowed from Herb’s office.
The whole smelter ran on gravity… elevating the various raw materials and working with them until at the bottom of the furnace, copper poured out.
Energy conserving window plastic does no good when the doors are all open and the heat’s off.
Like a railgun pointed at the Rockies… the boom would direct tailings–junk rock–outside of the dredge pond.
Near Howardsville, Colorado, the Animas River gets quite wide. This is near the Little Nation Mill, which is worth a stop if you’re traveling north from SIlverton. It’s also near the former Gold King Mine, which “blew” in 2015 and flooded the Animas River with toxic mine water.