Monthly Archives: December 2008

The House

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For so long have we been dwelling in the realm of industry and infrastructure here at Baltic that we have failed to appreciate a more humanized angle. For all we know these sandstone walls and concrete foundations could have been built by giants, aliens, or Gods – anything but the …

Coal Trestle

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After having taken some time exploring the remains of the Baltic’s compressor and boiler houses, we headed off into the woods to see what else we could uncover. It wasn’t long until we came across a looming concrete wall stretching along the hillside. Sitting about six feet in height, the …

Two Boilers and a Compressor

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As is the case with any copper mine top billing often goes to the stars of the show – the hoist and the shaft. But a mine’s minor players also deserve their due, since they too have had a role in the final production. Two important members of this supporting …

More Tunnels

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The surface plant of a mine is like any other industrial complex in its need for utilities. Besides the usual suspects such as electricity and water, a typical copper mine also required two additional industry-specific resources: steam and compressed air. Steam was used to power the various steam engines scattered …

A Baltic Engine House

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As the newest shaft opened along the Baltic property, the No. 2 benefited from the installation of a modern surface plant including a steam powered Nordberg hoisting engine. The engine here was nothing special, more or less a standard installation for shafts of this era (early 20th century). By this …