Missouri Mines State Historic Site, posted 2013-07-27

Mines I

I had the opportunity to visit the Missouri Mines State Historic Site this morning and wanted to share a few images from the trip.  The site is located on the old Federal Mill No. 3, previously owned by the St. Joseph Lead Co.  This mill, which operated until 1972, was the largest lead mill in the world.  The site, along with nearby land, was donated to the State of Missouri in 1975 for use as a park.  Other than the color photo above, all of the images are HDR mergers of three photos (-1, 0, +1 EV) using Nik’s HDR Efex Pro with the Black & White (Artistic) filter.  While the originals are in color, the old mill is much like a ghost town and I thought a black and white presentation was more appropriate.

The next group of images are of the primary crusher building and headframe.  As ore was mined, it went through a crushing and separation process to separate the Galena from the surrounding rock.

Mines II

Mines III

Mines IV

Mines V

Another view of the primary crusher and headframe shows what appears to be the hoist house in the distance.

Mines XV

The secondary crusher was adjacent to the primary crusher.

Mines VIII

Mines IX

From the secondary crusher, ore travelled up parallel conveyors to the actual mill.

Mines VI

Mines VII

Mines X

An interior view of the mill building shows some of the remaining equipment.  This shot was difficult because it was shot through a missing window and there was so little interior lighting that the only thing visible from outside was the large wheel or pulley in the foreground.

Mines XI

Just beyond the mill were three large Dorr Thickener Tanks.  The exterior of these tanks are clearly visible although what appear to be conveyors leading to them have deteriorate significantly as seen in this image.

Mines XIII

This large steel frame carried the electrical distribution system from the powerhouse to other parts of the facility.  The powerhouse is now being redeveloped into a museum and is open to visitors ($4.00 fee, be sure to check their web site for hours of operation).

Mines XII

Some of the other less significant buildings on the site are not being preserved but are being allowed to deteriorate into brick walls or foundations.  An example is the building at the left rear of this image.  Today much of the site is off-limits to visitors although it appears that access has been available in the past.  Hopefully this will change in the future to provide even more opportunities to explore the site.

Mines XIV

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