This electric Wellman crane was added to extract coal from ships for the power plant that Erie built beside their dock. Now, with the advent of self-unloading boats, it’s been replaced by a funnel and conveyor belt.
The man behind the curtain watches, but doesn’t say anything. Probably the smartest one in the room.
Originally, this part of the dock was reserved for the weather station.
Below the main stage are some of the older (I will guess 1940s) theater seats, along with an assortment of old screens.
Workers in the basement tunnels had to communicate with the workhouse operators 100 feet above and vice versa. Alarms and bells were installed to signal trouble over the sound of the elevator machinery.
One chute drops grain on a conveyor for storage in the north silo cluster, while another is ready to deposit the flow where the conveyor cannot reach. Instead of engineering the belt to trip in reverse, the silos under the workhouses have their own chutes.
Wind blew taconite dust against the walls of these suspended control room, making even the glass appear to rust.
This dirt-brick building hasn’t fared well.
Looking from the shaft room into the room where an electric hoist would be.