The only way to get to the second floor–since demolition crews punched-out the staircases and ladders leading upwards–was to climb this elevator shaft. In the lower-left corner is a blower for the foundry furnaces.
The pit on the left was one of two that accommodated the bottom half of the Motor Generators, which converted AC to DC.
Because there’s no Port-a-John underground.
At the extreme eastern end of the plant is a bank of modern concrete silos. Kodak Portra 160/Mamiya 6.
The basement of the laboratories is the home of the ore grinder. I’m sure it was noisy.
At noon, the lower skylights around the shops glow yellow-green, thanks to the flora blooming on the roof above.
Spare parts ready for this building’s reactivation.
One of the older buildings on the site, this is an old power house that provided electricity to the plant. I spent some time walking around it and believe it was fired with coal gas but had a diesel backup installed later.
ADM-Delmar #1- Maintainance Department. The stainless steel bits are part of the grain dryer added in the 1940s. The workhouse itself (the larger tower) was a dedicated Cleaning House, meaning that grain passed through both these buildings to be rid of dust, dirt and extra moisture before storage. In the foreground is the old ADM locker room and pipe department.
The elevator near the offices seemed a day’s work away from being operational