The main buildings were mostly interconnected and in good condition. The dry air helps to preserve the wooden structures.
In the brewhouse between the preheating tank and kettle room. The spiral staircase goes into a kettle annex where a few smaller stainless steel kettles hide. If you looked right from this frame you would see the bottom of one of the kettles like the bottom of a steel mixing bowl.
A misnomer that stuck.
The skyway in the bottom of the picture is now gone.
Between two brick buildings is a metal one with many windows set into it. Having been in many mills of similar design, I conjecture that this was the milling building, where machines ground the corn before it was boiled.
A hydraulic ‘bridge’ couple lower onto the tracks to bring mine cars into the shaft house, presumably for repair. I haven’t found this system anywhere else, but it makes a lot of sense.
When I see this picture, I imagine that I am an ant exploring a mushroom farm.
Rivets are sexy, and this old machine has more than a fair share.