Because of the dangers of storing the materials to make explosives as well as the explosives themselves, there were earthen bunkers all across the plant like this.
On deck, looking at the door to the engine room.
Powdered coal would sit in these hoppers before they get mixed with water to make a slurry. Then the mixture is injected into the firebox and ignited to make a coal-powered flamethrower capable of boiling water very quickly.
Happy mine bacteria ‘chews’ away at one of the narrow gauge rail ties still embedded in the sand floor. The orange color is not a mistake of mine; it is the result of different minerals leeching into the water table and draining into the mine. Keep in mind that, about 100 feet above, is the Ford plant itself!
A closeup of the now-scrapped steel chute.
Snow flies across the frame as the sunken cribbing freezes bellow the concrete.
This sawtooth roof collapsed months later under the weight of an early snow.
To run new gutters through the building, some of the plaster walls of the Chateau had to be smashed through.
The old gate sign, leaned against one of the terminal elevators.