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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
4. Dominoes Anyone?
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 # 10 on 2/12/2019 1:43 AM >
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|Posted by ninjaturdius|
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.
Just when I thought I was out... they pulled me back in.
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