Atlas Powder Company

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Nitroglycerin had several bad habits, the least of which was its tendency to explode violently when agitated. Even more of a problem for workers at Atlas was the chemical’s seemingly natural attraction to their clothing. ...

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The Horse Barn

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Due to the vast size and scope of the Atlas facility – over a thousand acres and a hundred separate buildings – an internal narrow gauge railroad was built connecting the various components of the ...

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Powder Magazines

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After the dynamite sticks were completed and boxed, they would then be loaded onto narrow-gauge rail cars for transportation over to the storage buildings at the other side of the property. Atlas had three separate ...

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Shell Packing

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After being mixed into a Playdo-like consistency at the Mix House, the nitroglycerine was then loaded onto small rail cars and pushed by hand to the nearby Hall House. Here a series of machines would ...

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The Shell House (p1)

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During World War II most civilian explosives plants across the country were drafted into military service, producing explosive shells and other military explosives for the war effort. The Atlas Plant at Senter, however, had never ...

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Warehouse Row

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Though used as a commuter train for Atlas employees, the Copper Range trains also delivered the wide range of exotic supplies that an explosives plant required. These supplies included a wide range of chemicals used ...

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