I visited a company that was cutting edge when the building was built in 1911. They made "manufactured" ice. That's right, manufactured. Most modern people take ice for granted. Up until the advent of refrigeration and the ubiquitous refrigerator around 1913-14. Ice was harvested and stored in insulated icehouses near lakes and rivers. This was the only method for keeping food cold. Methods of using ammonia were developed late in the 1800s, but the method was not practical until after 1900.
This company used ammonia to produce "dry" ice. Quite a feat given the day and age. Dry ice is still used today for it's intended purpose of keeping items cold. Sadly, this facility suffered a 5 alarm fire involving over 100 firefighters in 2004 and the plant was irreparably damaged and closed for good. I was here nearly 8 years to the day after the fire.
|Notice the two circles? Those are the vents from my rooftop photo. Yep, long way down.|
|Large chamber with the "camouflaged door"|
Entrance was no problem whatsoever. There was three or four access points. I was surprised to find a rather large empty chamber to include the base of the smokestack. I then noticed a closed door camouflaged behind some new looking graffiti. Through it to my utter shock and glee was the machinery that kept the plant's storage facility cool and the product intact. I thought the door was secured, but it was only jammed closed.
|Keeping the ammonia flowing....|
Once I got in, I was face to face with several large flywheels and mechanisms in place to keep the ammonia flowing. There was a lot more left to look at than I anticipated by a long shot.
|Up on the roof, there are those vents. Long drop through a 100 year old wooden roof!|
|Storage with the damaged floor|
In all. I took dang near 500 shots. I really enjoy solo urban exploration. I can take as long as I feel necessary to satisfy my need for exploration.More adventures to follow!