Chains connected hooked baskets and lockers to hoist up clothes and helmets when they were above ground. Whether wet with sweat or dry street clothes, the system worked to unclutter lockers and maintain air circulation around subterranean uniforms.
It was as noisy then as it is colorful now…
This machine was last overhauled in February 1955, and last turned out Crepe silk, probably dress material.
A side view of the floatation level. I found it interesting that there were little ladders and staircases in the mill to help workers get around–this place was not as shoddy as other mills I’ve seen.
One of the machines left over in the underground magnetic separation plant.
A broken signal light that would indicate to incoming engineers and brakemen the status of the dock deck. The streetlight-style lighting is a retrofit; originally the top of the dock would be lit by strings of lights suspended by towers on each side of the deck… a poor system according to the workers at Allouez who had the same lights.
The engine room.
The coal crusher (above) and the conveyor (left) to bring the powdered coal to furnace hoppers (right).
This mean-looking thing had a purpose, probably, but that function has been lost to decades of expansion.