Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
Thick glass windows allow workers to check the beet juice levels in this steel tank. You can tell by the reinforcement that it had a lot of liquid and had to hold against immense pressure. Kodak Tri-X 400/Leica M7.
He had the knees of a stallion. RIP.
Employee lockers near the stage, Service Building.
Bits and things in a pile in the corner of the smelter, the unsold chunks of industrial history that didn’t sell at an on-site auction before my visit.
The laundry building, where many of the tunnels came to an end. It looks very East Coast industrial to me.
The ‘working’ part of the furnaces are about a story above ground level, so the catwalks snake above the tree line.
Allouez had already suffered one major fire. It didn’t need another–especially under Dock 1’s wooden approach.
A look down the 1950s foundry building, moments after sunset.