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UER Forum > US: Great Lakes > Abandoned Power Plant (Viewed 187 times)
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Abandoned Power Plant
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“Despite the vast power productive capacity of the United States, the country finds itself with less reserve electric generating capacity than at any time since the electric power era began. There is no mystery as to why this critical situation in our power supply has come about. It cannot be attributed to lack of foresight by the utilities; rather it is the result of wartime curtailment of construction.”
- A trade magazine describing the post-war situation with electrical generation

Following WWII, the United States found itself in the midst of an energy crisis, with less than 6% reserve margin. Many new power stations were needed in order to meet the ever increasing demand. For one small town, this came in the form of an architecturally rare plant – one built with an underlying goal of making it a pleasant place to work, even if it came at the cost of going more than three times over the initial budget.































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< Reply # 1 on 10/8/2019 9:30 PM >
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Well done, mmmmmmm power




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< Reply # 2 on 10/8/2019 9:35 PM >
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Outstanding. And it appears spray-dick free!!




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< Reply # 3 on 10/8/2019 10:05 PM >
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Awesome job, I like the "then" and "now" comparison shots! 😀




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< Reply # 4 on 10/9/2019 1:32 AM >
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panels, panels, panels. Gotta love em.




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< Reply # 5 on 10/9/2019 3:39 AM >
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This is unbelievably awesome. Thank you.




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Really well done! The mix of classic construction and design mixed in with some of the more modern upgrades is pretty cool.

Any idea what the large piping setup (has apparently been removed in the current picture) in the lower level was?




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Any idea what the large piping setup (has apparently been removed in the current picture) in the lower level was?


The large piping setup was to support the condenser. The two large objects on either side were pumps, used to pull water in from the nearby source; the two pipes on the inside were used for the return loop (and for discharge, when needed).





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I guess it's easier and more convenient to pipe the water after it's condensed than to pipe the steam to a cooling tower. Thanks for the plan view too. That's a pretty cool find.

Now I'm curious about why they choose to scrap the condensers and left so much of the other machinery and equipment... Part of the mystique of the buildings that were left with so much in tact.




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Wow excellent 26th post onto the forum! Nice straight shots and graffiti free angles. I'm very impressed how the place has been abandoned for so long but has so little graffiti as well as little sign of people stealing scrap metal and other articles. Rather the place is pretty darn clean. Perhaps it's remoteness and less than ideal site to park a vehicle close by for runs. I don't know what makes this location stay pristine where some other locations get destroyed. I wish I had more abandoned locations like this near me. Only places we got in this condition tend to have power still on and still be partially active. Here's some of my photos when I stumbled upon the place summer 2018.

Perhaps posting zero outside pictures is part of the trick to keeping the place elegant. Speaking of which I am not sure if I have seen any pictures of the outside of the place from anybody besides of my own. One theory why the place hasn't been scrapped to trash yet is because the place is toxic. Pretty sure it's one of the most contaminated power plants in America. Perhaps not the best thing I didn't wear a respirator. But do scrappers really care if a place is heavily contaminated with asbestos?

Now that I come to think of it, I am not really sure why I don't have any pictures of the main control room. But perhaps somebody else will care to share pictures of it?

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Wow excellent 26th post onto the forum! Nice straight shots and graffiti free angles. I'm very impressed how the place has been abandoned for so long but has so little graffiti as well as little sign of people stealing scrap metal and other articles. Rather the place is pretty darn clean. Perhaps it's remoteness and less than ideal site to park a vehicle close by for runs. I don't know what makes this location stay pristine where some other locations get destroyed. I wish I had more abandoned locations like this near me. Only places we got in this condition tend to have power still on and still be partially active. Here's some of my photos when I stumbled upon the place summer 2018.

Perhaps posting zero outside pictures is part of the trick to keeping the place elegant. Speaking of which I am not sure if I have seen any pictures of the outside of the place from anybody besides of my own. One theory why the place hasn't been scrapped to trash yet is because the place is toxic. Pretty sure it's one of the most contaminated power plants in America. Perhaps not the best thing I didn't wear a respirator. But do scrappers really care if a place is heavily contaminated with asbestos?




Excellent first post.
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Excellent first post.
Welcome to UER
Don't fret over asbestos but don't stir up dust.
Avoid entirely if there's a lot of airborne dust.




Thanks Blackhawk. I appreciate your insight.




Stafford 


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Posted by Thinklikefreak
Wow excellent 26th post onto the forum! Nice straight shots and graffiti free angles. I'm very impressed how the place has been abandoned for so long but has so little graffiti as well as little sign of people stealing scrap metal and other articles.

Thanks! Nice first post yourself. Apart from the limited tagging (looked like it was done by maybe two different people) on one side and some smashed windows, the site really doesn't seem to have deteriorated very much, which was really nice to see.

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Perhaps posting zero outside pictures is part of the trick to keeping the place elegant.

Anything that can be easily used to narrow it down is a risk. Outside images do tend to make it really easy to find a location.
I've got several pictures (historical and not) that I would have loved to share but can't in good conscience for this reason.
Fairly sure security is relatively new at the plant, but they are there. Given the possible approaches, getting out with much scrap would be a lot of trouble.

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Pretty sure it's one of the most contaminated power plants in America. Perhaps not the best thing I didn't wear a respirator. But do scrappers really care if a place is heavily contaminated with asbestos?

It isn't *that* contaminated with chemicals. Most of the remaining contamination is just asbestos, though they did make an effort at the end to pull some of it out.

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Now that I come to think of it, I am not really sure why I don't have any pictures of the main control room. But perhaps somebody else will care to share pictures of it?

Seems I only took one quick overview shot on my way out. I'm assuming this is what you are referring to:



Nice shots from the crane. Can't say I walked along that 1/2 foot railing myself. Interesting to see that it hasn't changed much since 2018.

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Really excellent shots.




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