The Stamp Floor

Leaving the engine house, we take another short climb up to the Mohawk Mill’s final floor. Here is where the mill’s four stamps would have been located, along with the massive rock bins that would have sat behind him. Today this floor reveals almost no sign of either, consisting entirely of a featureless concrete floor and very little else. The lack of details required us to take a much closer look, after which we were to gain at least a little understanding of what once was here.

First thing we noticed as we climbed atop this floor was this large opening along the engine house’s north wall. It looks like an opening for a large pipe, though I don’t know for what purpose.

Along the floor itself are scattered a few concrete footings with the remains of the roof supports still imbedded within it. Besides there there was also a few sandstone based versions.

This odd concrete remains looks to be a foundation for some type of machine. Its concave top would seem to suggest a bowl or tank. But the tank would have to be small, as this thing is only a few feet in diameter.

About the only evidence of any type of machinery along this floor are a series of iron bolts sticking up out of the concrete in various spots. This set seems to sit in a straight line, running from the front to the back of the floor.

Running along what seems to be the stamp floors back wall is this short sandstone wall, which steps up a few feet to yet another level. I believe that this foundation supported the rock bins sitting behind the stamps. The heavy nature of these bins would have required a strong foundation to support them.

Cutting through the sandstone foundation on the north end of the building was this short concrete stairway.

Running along that sandstone foundation was at least one of these concrete pedestals, which look to be a footing for a elevated trestle. I believe that this was one of several that once supported the iron trestle which brought rock cars to the top of the rock bins.

With nothing else to see along the stamp floor, we made our way back into the treeline to get a closer look at the stack which towered above our heads. Unlike most stacks we find, this one was still attached to its large concrete flu. The boiler-house would have been attached to this flu opening.

Before we left we found one last ruin that was something of a mystery to us. It was a large concrete “box” which ran at an angle out from the stamp mill floor out several hundred feet into the nearby woods. It looks to have been concrete reinforced, sitting a dozen feet in height, and was pierced by a series of iron bolts out of its top.

Making our way back to the stamp floor, we found where this concrete box was attached to the building. From the top you can see more iron bolts coming out of the top. You can also see a large hole in the concrete that seems to suggest that the box is hollow. Besides that, however, there was no other doors or windows into the box. It was basically featureless.

This item was not on the Sanborn maps that I have, so I have no idea what it was for. Perhaps someone else has an idea…

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  1. Mike,
    The view more link in that big box type structure is linked to the flue on the smokestack.
    Which direction does that box go out from the floor?

  2. Gordy…

    The links are working on my end, but I know I did some messing around with it earlier today so perhaps you were checking it out while I was messing around. If its still a problem I guess I’ll have to figure it out . Knowing my luck its probably an IE problem :)

    The box thing strikes out towards the west / north-west. (back towards the Gay-Lac La Belle Road). It strikes out along the stamp floor. At first I thought it was going towards the pump house, but the angle’s wrong – at least according to those pics at the archives showing the water pipe. There is a rail line marked on my Sanborn in that general spot, but I didn’t see any evidence of rails or ties on top of it.

  3. Mike: As of 8:30AM Thursday, I’m seeing what Gordy’s seeing. The “view more” link on the large concrete box opens the close-up of the chimney flue. I am using IE 7 under WINXP.

  4. For a minute there you guys were beginning to drive me crazy – I thought I was in some parallel world or something. Turns out I was. I didn’t close an anchor tag, which wasn’t a problem for Firefox or Safari to handle. But it was a problem for IE, which had a conniption fit and refused to follow orders. The problem is fixed now, but after finding myself a PC laptop running IE I found a few things are a little odd for some of you. I’ll have to fix that. For example the post titles are suppose to be white. Also the top menu bar should be black. For some of you this is probably all weird.

    The rule of thumb for web design is to design for a standards compliant web browser (Firefox or Safari) and then hack the thing to work right with all of IE’s quirks. I always forget to check for those quirks. My fault. Sorry that I didn’t believe you guys at first.

  5. I was just looking at the one photo of the Mohawk Mill I bought from the MTU Archive. When I zoomed into the back side of the Mill, just about where that concrete box comes out of the mill floor was a double door, like a loading door. That may have been a loading dock. The building had 4 stories where that door was located, right above the ground level doors were another slightly smaller set of double doors. Now guessing, since you mentioned the bolts through the concrete, either they had a track to roll out cars to load equipment onto, or a overhead rail to hang things on and roll them indoors with the supports attached to the floor. Since it was built at an angle, it may have had a rail siding next to it. The original looks like a wood dock in the photo although its hard to tell fo sure, playing with the brightness and darkness isn’t helping any. But thats my guess until we can find something else.

  6. You know that makes a lot of sense, especially since there was a rail spur at that same location according to the Sanborn. And the think is relatively flat and featureless on the top. I’m going to second you motion and say its a loading dock as well.

  7. I did look up the Mohawk Mill in the Mines Handbook for 1920. The mills foundation was made from sandstone, with a steel skelton sheathed in iron.

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