A string of vehicles have found death at Packard recently. Usually they are simply driving up ramps and pushed off the rooftops, but this one seemed destined for a worse fate. Found in the far corner of the far building.
This seemed to be the newest building on the property.
The tops of the coke stoves.
This ornamental stair is cast iron and used to connect all floors of the Administration building. Now it connects the first and second floor, then the third and fourth floors, with a strange cinder block and drywall barrier separating the new and old sections of the building. Note the insulation on the floor to seal heat into the lower floors that were used as offices until the hospital closed. On the corners of the staircase are lions, on the corners of the suspended section of stair are down-hanging pineapples. Set in the stairs themselves are shield motifs with slate tops.
Another. Planet. Coal crushers and the coke loading line.
This dirt-brick building hasn’t fared well.
Much of the milling equipment predated the mill itself, so I would not be surprised if this particular machine really dates to 1860.
From atop a concrete slap that seals the old path of Mine Shaft #3, I loop up into the hoisting room.
This might have been part of the Pioneer Pellet Plant. It looks to be a ball mill, which pulverizes ore by spinning it with thousands of ball bearings.