In-tact, abandoned factory with a heart-warming ending!

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In-tact, abandoned factory with a heart-warming ending!

Postby RCW » Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:20 pm

Here's a great video of a factory that was locked up when the owner died, and today is still like it was then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgDeGU3L1qY

If the link doesn't work, google "The Old Windmill: A Nebraska Story."
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Postby 10KPete » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:17 pm

That really made my day. Something worth while is being saved by guys who know what it is. Not enough of that going on.
I suppose someday it will all be gone....

But so will I.

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Postby Harold_V » Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:01 am

Thanks for the link, Bob. That was very interesting---and brings back fond memories of my youth, when I visited a mine in a remote canyon in Utah.

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Re: In-tact, abandoned factory with a heart-warming ending!

Postby NP317 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 9:59 am

Fascinating!
There is a similar story in Ranier, Minnesota, on the banks of Rainey Lake. The old Finstad Auto Marine Shop survives complete with the overhead belt drive system, powered by a hit-&-miss engine. And the stockroom is filled with old outboard engines and new-old-stock parts on the shelves.
Really a treasure, and now on the US National Register of Historic Places. I enjoyed a tour by the owner, and was free to look at all, anywhere.
Yes, there were machining chips still where they dropped under the machines.

Other examples of other surviving operations include the Ely, Nevada, and East Broadtop railroad operations. Truly National Treasures.
It's good to see the windmill factory "captured" in time, too.
Thanks for sharing.
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Postby spro » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:27 pm

Re: ELI Windmill Factory l "loved this" in a machinery way. Remember it is two videos and the folks there have done the best job to preserve and show this treasure. Super videos, links, Thanks RCW !
I must see what NP317 mentions too . I'm already blown away.

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Postby Nelson » Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:27 am

Preservation of the methods and machines is a labor of love. Since we have drifted from manufacturing country, this type of preservation is essential. Great video.
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Postby dorin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:42 pm

I understand something similar exists in southern Peru...an old locomotive factory.
I hear it is sort of a museum, but you need to arrange access before you arrive.
It seems everything is sitting just as it was on the last day of work...
That said, I have never see it! So it could just be a fantasy!

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Postby Nelson » Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:40 pm

In 2011, the Long Island Metalworking Society, which is now defunct, visited an old machine shop"O.R. Young & Sons Machinists" in Riverhead, Long Island:

http://www.limws.org/Thumbnail-folders/ ... index.html
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Postby SteveHGraham » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:18 pm

For a short time, there was a reality show called "Abandoned." A crew of guys went into abandoned factories and bought stuff for repurposing and restoration. Unfortunately, they mainly turned it into things like armoires and coffee tables.

It was neat to see the facilities they looted, though.
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Postby spro » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:32 am

Well I just had a Tour ! Thanks Nels! It was neat to expand each pic and go to the next (After some minutes) I was like being there without backache. I have to appreciate the people who cleaned and preserved this place. Man. They didn't line their pockets with tools~not to say it could happen ~ but there was give back, or somehow contribution by members or community. Wonderful link and a real keeper.

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Postby spro » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:45 am

Steve G. I saw some of those and couldn't take it. There was that one with the vixens in miniskirts ( which is fine by me) Find a cool old flywheel and "somebody" like( gasping young men) turn it into a chandelier . Hey whatever.

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Postby Nelson » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:53 pm

I'm not sure if this place is still around. Real estate in NY is so expensive these days, places that are static (non-revenue producing) do not last for long.
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