The flour mill’s interior is really just a system of steel and rubber tubes that crush flour over and over in the gap. This mill was never run off of water power directly, but it used to generate power using the river.
Part of the brewing process is sterilizing the kettles, pipes and tanks all product would touch. This was done with a caustic solution. To the left is a healthy pile of asbestos where a heating tank used to stand, insulated in the carcinogenic mineral. The tank got cut apart, the asbestos stayed here.
The hiking around Central City is beautiful and full of history. Just get a proper topo map!
A huge steel tank, one of several left over, left over from either the Ashland Oil or Allied Chemical periods.
An impressive message for graffiti in a Detroit warehouse, but then again look at these steam pumps. Over-built and under-appreciated.
The coal crusher (above) and the conveyor (left) to bring the powdered coal to furnace hoppers (right).
The State School stage, taken as it was getting scrapped.
A closeup of the old fashioned wood-and-iron flour mill, a little while before they were all scrapped.
A circular common room in one of the original parts of the hospital. When the asylum was especially crowded, this would be filled with patient beds, too. It’s very strange that this floor was not tiled like the other common rooms. It makes me wonder if especially dangerous patients were kept in this ward; those who could not be trusted to not extract and sharpen the ceramic tiles. Portra 160.
The stage of the theatre still holds hymnals and other vestiges of its time as a church.