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Ironton RR: vanishing structures
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« on: Jun 12th, 2010, 4:02am »
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Biked the Ironton Rail Trail this weekend (June 5th, 2010).
Get out and photograph the remaining structures along the Ironton while you can. They're going fast. The company that occupies the site of the old Giant Cement "Giant Mill"just south of the Chestnut Street crossing is slowly bulldozing some of the remaining structures. The building in this photo (seen here in 1984) is now history.


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« Reply #1 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 4:06am »
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Not sure how much longer the silos of the old Coplay Cement mill C will be around. Here's a photo from when the coal trestle was still intact back in September of 1985. Even back then, many of the buildings (which would have occupied the left area of this photo) were already gone.

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 4:14am »
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Coplay Cement mill C in October of 1984

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on Jun 12th, 2010, 4:02am, one87th wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Biked the Ironton Rail Trail this weekend (June 5th, 2010).
Get out and photograph the remaining structures along the Ironton while you can. There going fast. The company that occupies the site of the old Giant Cement "Giant Mill"just south of the Chestnut Street crossing is slowly bulldozing some of the remaining structures. The building in this photo (seen here in 1984) is now history.
That was one of my favorite structures along the IRR...It had a sorta Mission architecture look to it...Me and my fiends used to call it the "TACO BELL BUILDING"  
 Sad to hear it fell to the wrecking ball....    


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« Reply #4 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 12:19pm »
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This is structure was once used by the American Cement (and later Giant Cement) for recycling cement bags..There used to be cloth Giant Cement bags strewn all over what i called the "sorting Room" .. They have since all vanished... For some reason Whitehall decided to brick-up all the doors to this historic structure...These are views of the interior i took this winter.. I fear by now the building has been completely sealed up . This view was taken On the Rail-Trail looking towards Coplay...

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« Reply #5 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 12:54pm »
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Looking out of a window towards the creek.

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 12:57pm »
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This machine tumbled used cement bags to clean them..This is the "drum end" of the machine

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 12:58pm »
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In this clothes dryer looking drum the used cement bags were tumbled to clean the cement out of them.

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On the opposite end of the machine the cement beaten from the used bags was screened and went into this hopper. four bags could be filled up with this "recycled cement" at a time...This was free for the workers to take home with them... Now who says RECYCLING"  was invented in the 1960's!!!! LOL

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These collapsed tables line the walls of the "Sorting room". The used bags would've been sorted by condition.Any rips or holes would've been repaired in the next room

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 1:11pm »
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IN what i call the "sewing room" workers would've repaired the used cement bags for re-use... Here you can see the bases for belt-driven sewing machines. Under the table is a drive-shaft that spun the belts.. (The housing on the ceiling may have held an electric motor to power the belt drive)

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« Reply #11 on: Jun 12th, 2010, 1:14pm »
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Last shot..when you entered the western end of the bag house there was a door to your left  which led into a small room which i call "the Office"

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