The Concrete Tub

Approaching the Mohawk Mill from the direction of the sands we began running into ruins a good distance from the old mill’s foundation. The first was what you see above, what I like to call the concrete tub. We found this baby on our first outing here – but I never featured it here on CCE. (Due mostly to me only taking one picture of the thing) I decided to remedy that omission by giving it a much more detailed treatment here today.

Whatever it is, its round. A pair of curved walls make up two of its sides, with large openings filling in the rest. It appears to be flat on its base, and open on the top. Along the two curved walls are a series of small openings. Since it sits slightly canted to one side, we assumed this was not its original position and that it had fallen or was moved here.

Making our way around to its opposite side (the side facing the mill) we didn’t notice anything else of much interest. There was a pile of stamp sand on this end, and from this angle it looked as if the whole thing was sitting up on a wooden platform.

Here’s a closer look at the platform. The planks look broken off on this end, which makes us think this is not a platform at all – just something that got squished by the tub when it fell or was dropped here.

Looking inside the tub we found it filled with stamp sand. It also appeared as if the inside was sloping downward towards the middle – much like a hopper. Of course the bottom could have been cracked open by a possible fall, so that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. The stamp sand is interesting though, since it couldn’t “accidently” have been dropped inside. It was put there on purpose, making me believe that the concrete tub’s purpose has something to do with the sand.

On the other side we saw a few pipes and what looked like could have been a concrete support beam – now sitting on its side. Due to its size, I don’t believe the tub was moved here (or rolled here). I would think it simply fell down from its supports, which I think is what we’re looking at here. The presence of sand inside makes me wonder if this was hopper of some type, used to fill up train cars that might have been run underneath it (or to the side). Stamp sand was often used for ballast on rail lines, so that this might have been used to provide that ballast.

Who knows… maybe someone out there has an idea?

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  1. I wonder if this had something to do with the sand launder, like the bottom of the sand elevator or something. Its kind of hard to relate the size of this, so from now on Mike you need to carry a ruler and place it on top so we can see. I would doubt it had anything to do with a stamp sand loader for rail cars. All this concrete stuff seems more with the later reconstruction of the Mohawk Mill.
    I was looking at a few photos of the mill location remains from in the 1980’s, gees Mike, you would have no trouble seeing what was there, hardly any trees.
    A couple of old photos my mom gave me of Gay, you can see rock piles still sitting there, this would be late 1940’s, early 1950’s. One photo, I think the walls of the boiler house or turbine building by the smokestack were still standing. Now its all trees.

  2. I’m no ruler, but I’d say the thing is about 10-15 feet in width and about 8 or so feet in height. THe ruler’s a good idea but the whole experience might get way too forensic to be fun anymore.

    You got to send those old photos of Gay in to me! I’d love to see the place without the extreme underbrush. In some ways those late photos (70’s and beyond) are more interesting then those shot while the area was in full swing. The ruins back then were much more picturesque!

    I’m going to ignore your email jab.

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