Because of the dangers of storing the materials to make explosives as well as the explosives themselves, there were earthen bunkers all across the plant like this.
The second floor was hit by arson years ago, but it still carries the telltale features of its original design, specifically the woodwork below the roof.
The layout and design of the buildings reminded me strongly of a brewery or distillery. To the right you can see some of the retrofits by the first lumber company to buy the buildings, in the 1970s.
The staircase going to the second floor balcony is gone, giving a clear view of the first floor porch.
This is a typical view of the factory; most of it was long hallways flanked by piles of equipment and access points to maintain them.
There are so many pipes i the factory–I wonder how many people knew where they all went, in the days these machines operated at capacity.
I revisited the mill years after my documentary. Now it is even more destroyed and surrounded by new fences.
At noon, the lower skylights around the shops glow yellow-green, thanks to the flora blooming on the roof above.
Between the ice chute and the back of the north section of the cellars, a little pillar shows where a room used to be. The ceiling’s disintegration has since filled the space, which seems to be the last point of expansion in the cave–this was last carved in the mid-1840s.