Asphalt Plant 6910

Basic
Region: United States
Location
Type: Factory
Status: Abandoned
Parent: Censored
Opened: Around 1963
Closed: 1970-1990

This is a medium sized asphalt plant. It was opened around 1963, and was likely abandoned some time around 1970-1990, based on the current amount of decay and growth. It is unclear exactly why this plant was abandoned, but a busted storage tank leads me to believe maintenance wasn’t top priority at this place. In the photo gallery below, I will try my best to take you through the asphalt production process based on my extremely limited knowledge. The information below may be inaccurate or wrong!

Asphalt Plant 6910 Big View

Asphalt Plant 6910 Big View

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

The winter time “Big View” of the [[ Asphalt Plant 6910 ]]. Just right of this picture was the aggregate feed bins.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Aggregate Bins

Asphalt Plant 6910 Aggregate Bins

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Some of the [[ aggregate bins // asphalt plant 6910 ]]. There were 2 of these. The asphalt aggregate (the small rocks that primarily make up asphalt) was dumped into these, and then fed into the rest of the factory for processing.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Aggregate Conveyor

Asphalt Plant 6910 Aggregate Conveyor

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

From the [[ aggregate bins // asphalt plant 6910 ]], which are to the right of this image, the aggregate is loaded into the plant with a material conveyor belt, and into a large drum.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Dryer Drum

Asphalt Plant 6910 Dryer Drum

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The inside of the dryer drum at the [[ asphalt plant // asphalt plant 6910 ]]. Aggregate was dumped into this drum, where it was tumble dried and heated. The process becomes less clear at this point. What I write is probably wrong somehow!

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Baghouse

Asphalt Plant 6910 Baghouse

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At this point, the Baghouse should be introduced. Pictured in the right half of this photo, the [[ baghouse // Asphalt Plant 6910 ]] was the main particulate and gas filtration machine. This machine was responsible for making the factory meet EPA emission regulations. Without this, the immediate area could have been coated in nasty particulates and fumes.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Oil Tanks

Asphalt Plant 6910 Oil Tanks

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It’s time to switch gears and go to the [[ rear of the plant // asphalt plant 6910 ]]. These tanks held oil, which is the 2nd key component to making asphalt. The oil hardens and helps the aggregate stick together. There were 4 of these tanks, each holding 15,000 gallons of oil! The furthest one in this picture was busted somehow. I wiggled the dipsticks and they all still had some oil left.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Busted Tank

Asphalt Plant 6910 Busted Tank

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The [[ busted tank // asphalt plant 6910 ]]! Look at the next photo to see what nasty surprise it left for anyone who dare walks past it…

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Superfund Material

Asphalt Plant 6910 Superfund Material

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

This disgusting mass is right below the [[ busted tank // asphalt plant 6910 ]]. Only god (or an asphalt tech) knows what this is. If someone from the EPA comes across this site, I think this alone will turn it into a superfund site!

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Control Room and Main Processor

Asphalt Plant 6910 Control Room and Main Processor

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

Standing on the oil tanks, this is the back (or front ?) end of the [[ plant // asphalt plant 6910 ]]. In the very back of the plant, we can see the baghouse as seen earlier. Up front, we see the large main mixer and “factory” part. Unfortunately, I don’t know how this huge machine works. Towards the bottom, the main control station is seen.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Disgusting Machine

Asphalt Plant 6910 Disgusting Machine

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

A lot of the machines at the [[ asphalt plant // asphalt plant 6910 ]] were disgusting, but this machine on the way to the control room was probably the worst. Not seen in the picture, the tanks above and below this joint were coated in tar.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Doing Things The Hard Way

Asphalt Plant 6910 Doing Things The Hard Way

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

I should quickly add that the entire [[ plant // asphalt plant 6910 ]] was overgrown severely. I had to cut my way all the way to the control room, and it wasn’t easy! I’m waiting for the winter before I climb the plant above the control room.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Control Room

Asphalt Plant 6910 Control Room

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

Inside the [[ control room // asphalt plant 6910 ]]. To the left there is a control panel (all wires are cut). To the right there was a desk.

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Control Room Buttons

Asphalt Plant 6910 Control Room Buttons

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Some of the equipment control buttons in the [[ control room // asphalt plant 6910 ]].

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Asphalt Plant 6910 Asphalt Silos

Asphalt Plant 6910 Asphalt Silos

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The end of the line for the asphalt manufacturing process, the silos. At the [[ plant // asphalt plant 6910 ]], asphalt was taken from the main material processor, conveyed up into the silos, and awaited its shipment. These silos sit elevated on a metal frame, allowing for easy loading into a truck. This plant had 2 of these silos, each capable of holding 200 tons of asphalt!

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