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UER Forum > US: South > Argos Concrete Plant (Viewed 474 times)
ninjaturdius 


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Argos Concrete Plant
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Howdy fellas, some of my buddies and I found this location a few days ago while driving around looking for locations in Dallas. Since I'm not a full member yet, I figured I'd go a head and post here for you all.

Argos Concrete, the second largest concrete company in the US. This place has been gutted out for copper, so insulation is all over the place. A dust mask is a must. The main tower is the most exciting thing to climb here, and the view of downtown Dallas is great. I wasn't able to take many good photos, since we hit the place at the dead of night, so sorry if the quality isn't great. It was done on a digital camera. We also had to be careful with flashing light at external windows. An account of the trip is at the bottom.

1. Interior Outbuildings


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4. Dominoes Anyone?


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6. Truck Bay under Tower


7. The Tower


8. Big Cement Mixer Seized in Concrete


9. Goode View


10. The Office Building


We began the night looking for place to park, being safe to park far we tried to look for a spot south on the other side of the rail line. Twas a bad idea and turned out to be a waste of time, since we had to trudge through brambles, a train was passing, and we even got spotted by a bull for talking loudly and shining our lights about. So after a mad dash away from the rail bull through the god damn thorns, we opted to park closer in a small suburb. closest to the plant. We inspected the south outbuildings first, where there was tons of insulation, a cool little attic, some dominoes, and a big boi Garfield drawn on a whiteboard. Then we climbed the big mixing tower, to find a small control office, and a big mixer, then got to the top for the grand view. That high altitude wind is the best. Last, we inspected the office building which had a pre-smashed window conveniently placed for us to enter in. There we're plenty of documents to look at, but we didn't find anything interesting or important. There was also a lot of spent bullet casings on the floor, police training rounds we assume, since there were weird plastic parts still attached. We never inspected the silos or the high conveyor belts, but there was this really cool old telephone booth I regret not taking a picture of. You'll have to see it for yourself. This was a great find, can't believe its in the booming Trinity Groves district, makes me think it might be torn down soon. Its off Singleton Blvd, just before crossing the Trinity River near the power station, in case any fellow DFW area 'splorers wanna go check it out.





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< Reply # 1 on 1/12/2019 2:30 AM >
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Very cool, it is to bad people go in looking for copper, but neat place.




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Future Site of a 14 Story Hotel. The plant will probably be coming down within 6 months. I have some pretty good shots of the silos and conveyors at work, ill try and post later.




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< Reply # 3 on 1/21/2019 12:10 AM >
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Future Site of a 14 Story Hotel. The plant will probably be coming down within 6 months. I have some pretty good shots of the silos and conveyors at work, ill try and post later.


That's awesome! Thanks for sharing the info. I was wondering how much longer this place would stay up, since on google maps it seemed still active. The underground portion of the convener belt was flooded with water, my buddies and I were wondering what was down there. I'd love to see em if you can find the pics!




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Nice site, explore it while you can

These sites are dangerous; trust nothing in the silos and processing areas.
Careful with every step and what you climb.
Best to go in daylight;predawn it if you must, and sit tight until you got some daylight.
Using flash/lights at night unless completely light tight is a good way to get tagged.
Bring at least 2 good flashlights each.




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Here is a few I shot a couple weeks back while surveying the site. It was a very cold day, no coat and only had the cell phone so didn't do a ton, probably will go back soon.


Cplant Insta 1 by Arch-Image,

cplant insta 4 by Arch-Image,

cplant insta 3 by Arch-Image, on Flickr

cplant insta 2 by Arch-Image, on Flickr





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Here is a few I shot a couple weeks back while surveying the site. It was a very cold day, no coat and only had the cell phone so didn't do a ton, probably will go back soon.


Nice images! So much clearer at daytime. Thanks for sharing them. I'm regretting not taking a picture of the Garfield drawing in one of the buildings haha.




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This place isn't going to be here for very long, so go now or never. The developers actually paid this company to move to another location because they want to develop this land. I came out here about a year ago and caught an awesome sunrise from the tower. I'll see if I can dig up those pics.




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I never got around to editing any of these, but here are a few shots from last year:



2018 by Dee Ashley, on Flickr

2018 by Dee Ashley, on Flickr

2018 by Dee Ashley, on Flickr

2018 by Dee Ashley, on Flickr

2018 by Dee Ashley, on Flickr

Meanwhile in Dallas by Dee Ashley, on Flickr

Meanwhile in Dallas by Dee Ashley, on Flickr





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I never got around to editing any of these, but here are a few shots from last year:


More great pics! I love em. Seeing that substation again reminds me of the great sound of humming electricity. I really like that sound for some reason. Dangerous, Ominous, Ambient.




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More great pics! I love em. Seeing that substation again reminds me of the great sound of humming electricity. I really like that sound for some reason. Dangerous, Ominous, Ambient.


You would have wuved the big RR HV substations in the NE.
Got to see these huge 75KV step down transformers that dated back to the 30's.
Sadly this brute was the victim of an upgrade about 14 years ago, but not because it failed.
They run at 50 Hertz and put out an even lower hum.

Tesla speced the 50/60 Hz standard over 100 years ago.
50 Hz is more efficient but requires a larger, heavier magnetic core.
Because these huge monster transformers could be transported by rail, 50 Hz was used.
60 Hz is used by everyone else.




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You would have wuved the big RR HV substations in the NE.
They run at 50 Hertz and put out an even lower hum.


Shoot yea I would have! I just looked it up in an attempt to find something, luckily enough some guy made a video on it.
https://www.youtub...atch?v=dj-PntnYzBw
Does that sound about like what you remember?
Holy nuts its loud




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More great pics! I love em. Seeing that substation again reminds me of the great sound of humming electricity. I really like that sound for some reason. Dangerous, Ominous, Ambient.


Hey, I noticed you're from Grapevine! I live across the street from the mall.




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Hey, I noticed you're from Grapevine! I live across the street from the mall.


Oh nice! Small world huh? ..err maybe small North Texas haha. I live near Dove park. Good to know there's a fellow UER member nearby.




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"spotted by a bull" feels nice to hear someone share some rail hopping lingo! Seriously though, great spot and some awesome views of the city and that substation, if you ever need to explore with someone who can talk your ear off about electricity let me know.




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Oh nice! Small world huh? ..err maybe small North Texas haha. I live near Dove park. Good to know there's a fellow UER member nearby.


Dee I didnt know you were that close! My office is across from Bass Pro! 3 of us that close together! Anxious for it to warm up a bit and try and get some time out of this office!




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Dee I didnt know you were that close! My office is across from Bass Pro! 3 of us that close together! Anxious for it to warm up a bit and try and get some time out of this office!


Haha, Texas isn't as big as they say it is.




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"spotted by a bull" feels nice to hear someone share some rail hopping lingo!


Heckin yes bro! Never really had a hop before, but I really want to sometime soon when I get a good chunk of free time set up, cause I figure there would be a whole lot of unpredictability. I'm always down for a good ol' excursion, I'll shoot ya a PM.




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I predawned this one earlier today (my second visit). Hopefully Flickr will be back up soon and I’ll see if I took any pics worth sharing. A friendly reminder... this location is living on borrowed time, so if you’re planning a visit, it had better be soon!

Oh yeah, keep an eye on the trailer out in the very back of the property. I couldn’t tell for certain, but I saw a light on inside and it wasn’t vandalized to hell like the offices were.




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