This is an elevator to move mine car loads of sand to the surface for cleaning and eventually glass production. Below is a flooded equipment vault. In front and behind is a loop through the larger tunnels in the mine. The horizontal braces supported electric cables for the mine carts.
The incinerator’s hardened steel door… useless, but still sexy in a heavy-industrial kind of way.
The Blacksmith Shop (right) was connected to the Bunk House (left) via this narrow walkway. This is likely due to the fire risk in each building. The left building had a cooking stove and furnace for heat and the right building had a small industrial furnace to repair mining equipment. A little walkway would mean that a fire on one side would be easier to fight from the other.
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.
Looking through the washer that is the first stop for the dredgings.
Spare parts ready for this building’s reactivation.
Instructional film strips on the floor of a second floor closer.
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