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.
I am not sure, but I think this section was a storehouse; it has two ramps that connect the rail yard outside and the blacksmith shop. On all of the historic doors that face that part of the yard, signs caution workers to look out for cars…
Many outdoor areas of the plant have become unofficial city dumps. The skeleton doesn’t care.
A single cloud makes its way to Buffington Harbor and Lake Michigan from the quiet backroads of the plant.
Platforms and abandoned outbuildings, as seen in 2005.
Before the gold could be extracted, the rock was turned to powder. Depending on the size of the steel balls inside the mill, the rock would be reduced to a certain size. So, multiple mills were usually used in stages.
A broken window looking through the First Aid Room and into the Control Room in charge of directing grain into ships. You can see one of the large conveyors on the right, clad in green. Chutes and staircases intertwine seemingly randomly through the big empty spaces.
In the corner of most of the factory floors, freight elevators flanked restrooms to leave more central space for machines and their masters.
A typical shower in the old section of the hospital. It looks a little horrifying in the harsh light of a camera flash on the thousands of little white tiles. One soap holder hadn’t been stolen yet.