I just renewed my Society for Industrial Archeology Membership this evening. I enjoy all of their publications and conferences.
I will have new photos again next week, but my agenda item for this week was renewing my membership.
Thank you for reading my post.
I finished reading Yellowcake Towns by Michael A. Amundson. The book covered several important uranium mine and mill towns, including Uravan, CO; Moab, UT; Grants, NM, and Jeffrey City, WY.
The book remained objective; it reported facts about each town, rather than spending time on a political soapbox about uranium, mining or company stores. It painted a clear picture of what life was like in each of these towns during their booms and busts.
It told two different tales- one of cities that grew and adapted to changing economies (Moab, Grants) and ones that didn’t (Uravan and Jeffrey City). It also spoke of how the government had a large hand in how mines and mills were controlled and regulated, and the impact of uranium prices as set by the government.
Overall, I was impressed with the depth of research in this book. Each chapter had quite a few sources, as well as tales and quotes by residents in each town.
For anyone interested in the west, the desert, mining history or uranium history, this book is a “must have.”
Thank you for reading my book review.
This afternoon, I took the New Mexico Railrunner (commuter train) from Belen, NM, to the Sandia Pueblo, NM, as part of my commute.
Through this, I saw quite a few trains at the Belen Railyard, including one westbound train with six locomotives (and only one looked like a switching engine).
BNSF ???? and BNSF 4573
Thank you for viewing my post and all of my train photos. I will add some more content every Friday, so stay tuned!
Over Christmas Break (12/21/16), we passed through and visited our friend that lives in Columbus, GA. We arrived early to our meeting place, so we took advantage of the time to explore around the Eagle and Phenix Mill site, which has now been converted into condos and a few shops. The Eagle and Phenix Mills were cotton mills during and around the time of the Civil War. At one point, they made over 100 types of fabrics, and were the largest mills in the world. Unfortunately, the Union burned some of the sites after the Civil War, as the message about “the war was over” had not reached the union troops in time.
A complete history of the site can be found at the Eagle and Phenix website, should you be in the market for an urban condo. Their website is here.
A brick sign marks the entrance to the site:
One of the neat features with this sight was the water powerhouse.
A diversion tunnel led to the powerhouse, which then led to the turbines.
The turbines were cut open, exposing a few of the inner workings.
The river itself was fast moving and swollen, due to the recent rains. There were flood watches and warnings scattered about Georgia on this day.
Thank you for reading this post.