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Industry

Death of Another Industry

This is the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp's corrugated paper mill in Ontonagon, or at least what's left of it. At its…
Houghton

The Power House

The Copper Country’s reputation as a modern metropolis in contrast to a typical mining camp was strengthened by it’s early…
Industry

The Reclamation Plant (p2)

In addition to the leaching and floatation processes a typical reclamation plant utilized two other types of machines in its…
Industry

The Reclamation Plant (p1)

While the machines and equipment used in copper mills may have changed and evolved over the decades, the process itself…
Industry

The Shore Plant

The Quincy Reclamation Plant was in fact two plants in one. The main plant sat up on shore, and was…
Industry

Rails On Water

After having been sucked up from the lake bottom by the dredge, stamp sands were then sent down along the…
Industry

A Look Into the Past…

Now that our exploration of the Stella Cheese Factory is complete, its time to take a step back and look…
Industry

The Wax Room and Cooler

Moving down the hallway past the stairs down to the basement we entered yet another room in the vast ruins…
Industry

Boiler Room and More

As with any smokestack, the Stella Cheese Factory’s stack was required to draw combustion gases up and out of the…
Industry

The Cheese Room (and cars)

Heading west out of the collection of vat rooms we had been exploring we pass under a gabled wall of…
Industry

The Upper Vat Rooms

Making our way up the stairs from the lower level upwards we find ourselves walking up into the bright sunshine…
Industry

The Lower Vat Rooms

The cheese making process can be broken down into four basic steps: curdling, drying, pressing, and ripening. With the addition…
Industry

The Stella Cheese Factory

When we had first stumbled across the vast complex of ruins we weren’t sure what we had discovered – but…
Atlas Powder Company

The Age of the Loci

While horse power in the rest of the country was quickly being replaced by the automobile, horses continued to serve…
Atlas Powder Company

Powder Magazines

After the dynamite sticks were completed and boxed, they would then be loaded onto narrow-gauge rail cars for transportation over…
Atlas Powder Company

Box Making and Packing

Now that the dynamite sticks have been produced, the final step in the process is boxing the dynamite up in…
Atlas Powder Company

Shell Packing

After being mixed into a Playdo-like consistency at the Mix House, the nitroglycerine was then loaded onto small rail cars…
Atlas Powder Company

The Shell House (p2)

After taking a look around on the inside of the Shell House, we decided to take it outside. The building…
Atlas Powder Company

The Shell House (p1)

During World War II most civilian explosives plants across the country were drafted into military service, producing explosive shells and…
Atlas Powder Company

Where Nitro and Dope Become One

After the nitro has been created and neutralized the next step in the dynamite production process is to mix the…
Atlas Powder Company

A Walk For the Angels

After being neutralized at the Store House, the nitro had to be then sent on to the Mix House, where…
Atlas Powder Company

The Store House

After the nitro was manufactured at the NG House, it was sent down along a rubber lined trough down to…
Atlas Powder Company

Where Nitroglycerin is Made

The inherent danger in explosive making can not be overstated; nitroglycerin – the explosive agent in dynamite – is extremely…
Industry

An Industrial Complex

Sitting up the hill from the No. 3 shaft stand an impressive collection of sandstone and brick – a series…
Atlas Powder Company

City in the Woods

On some maps it doesn’t exist at all, on others it is simply an afterthought dot on a nameless road.…