The sun sets in front of a huge concrete building—about four times the size of the power plant. Probably a corn storage bin from an ethanol operation that ran here in the 1980s.
I like to think of this as the hardware abstraction layer. It’s one of many subassembly monorail conveyors that dipped onto the factory floor to deliver assembled subsections where they needed to be on the main assembly floor below.
The mill itself is one giant room sectioned into levels–more catwalks than concrete. Here you can see the evaporators and have a sense for the miles and miles of pipes that zigzag through the plant.
The entrance to the area where staff could sleep.
Copper thieves haven’t left anything behind but the shell.
Power House, 2000s From the roof of the larger power plant’s Building A, Hastings, MN’s lights burn behind the smokestacks.
I believe this is the push car, meaning it would push the charge in the oven out the opposite side into the train car.
Grimy windows and the other half of the complex trade interests and stares.
A photo from my first trip, although very little has changed in this area of the building except for the level of graffiti. I love skylights, don’t you?