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Report - Monolith Portland Midwest Cement Company - Laramie, Wyoming - 01/02/09

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by insanebuslady, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. insanebuslady

    insanebuslady 28DL Full Member
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    Hi All,
    Just got around to uploading and touching these guys up, hope you enjoy. All in all a fun explore, industry on a large scale never seems to get old. Here's what little history I was able to compile even after several trips to the library, and most of this came from off the internet anyway!



    Although devoid of most industry today, Laramie Wyoming was once a blue-collar town that relied on industrial fabrication to support it's populace. Little evidence of that exist today, but the Monolith Portland factory reminds us of Laramies industrial roots. Founded in 1927, the Monolith Portland Cement factory served Laramie through the late 90's, finally moving into their new location in an adjacent lot. The company has been plagued with lawsuits for much of it's history, first over patent infringement regarding it's innovative ways of lining it's rotary kilns, and later by the Sierra Club for emissions violations.

    In the mid 1980's, financial woes lead to the company trading hands and coming under the ownership of the Mountain Cement Company, which still operates in an adjacent factory, making access a little sketchy. The company still quarries it's own limestone from a nearby quarry, and was delivered by steam-locomotive until the late 1970's.


    We found some pretty eerie stuff here, including paper work in the admin/laboratory building pertaining to arsenic-poisoning lawsuits along with 20 year old blood samples! For a building that has been closed for 20 odd years, the admin building was in truly amazing condition

    Also excuse some of the weird cropping, I went a little overboard on some of these.. and would someone be kind enough to tell me how to edit my tags so the photos are centered?


    1)Rotary Kiln (only one present,but check the electric motors on the pylon)
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    2)Boiler warts
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    3)
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    4)Firefly in the Showa
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    5)World's Largest Tumbleweed
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    6)Kiln, these are wimpy next to the one's in RISK's post
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    7)
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    8) Exterior
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    10)
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    11)Weird
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    12)
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    13)
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    14)
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    15)Hooves
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    16) Uh Ohs!;)
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    17) Shaft leading to the bottom of a giant ore/rock filter
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    18) Big, Beautiful Wyoming
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    19) And onto the laboratory!
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    22)6-14-89 (We do our dates backwards, I know there is a no such month as 14!)
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    23)
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    25) Redrum
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    26) Fake Pano (Active Site)
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    Maybe too many pics, tried to keep it under 30 though! More on my Flickr
     

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  2. RISK

    RISK 28DL Full Member
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    Very very nice! I see what mean about the kiln's having a simular design. Some great shots too.

    With regaurds to centering your pictures you need to put the word CENTER at the start of the photo's URL and /CENTER at the end of the URL. Both need to be in brackets, e.g. [CENTRE]. Hope that makes sence.
     
  3. Mazungu

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    Mate I love it. Nice images
     
  4. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
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    I really wish i had more money to travel, i didnt think much of this palce, but then i started scrolling through your pictures, brilliant.
     
  5. Mr Sam

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    when the pics are good quality and intresting scenes, the more the merrier! love shot 7 and like the look of the showers :thumb
     
  6. BillAnd

    BillAnd Badass dare devil gangsta
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    stunning work

    love shot 12
     
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    Ok that is large scale! Some excellent shots too!
     
  8. TheSmurfinator

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    excellent pics, looks like a great explore, bet it took all day too....
     
  9. insanebuslady

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    Ya actually three visits to be exact..

    Thanks for all the nice comments and the tips I'll incorporate that centering trick on my next report
     
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