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Detroit Iron: 1903

Detroit Iron: 1903

1903. "Detroit Iron and Steel Co. mill." One of the wonders of the Rust Belt. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Despite the pollution

Despite the pollution that Zug Island produces, it provides one of the few proven spawning habitats for the decimated Lake Sturgeon, which is now at 1% of its population since the time this picture was taken. They can live 55-60 years, and don't reproduce until they're 10+ yrs old. Apparently coal dumped in the river in deep water (50+ ft) off of the island, provides the perfect habitat for spawning.

Zug Island

The plant was located on Zug Island on the Detroit River, an artificial island formed when a canal was built for better access to the Rouge River. The island has been home to steel and chemical plants for over a hundred years, so it's not a pretty place.

The canal acts as a moat around the island, and access is carefully controlled, so photos from on the island are hard to find. Aerial photos of the current steel plant show what might be the original building under layers of later additions.

The locomotive

is referred to as a saddletank locomotive, the wheel arrangement was always followed by a "T"

0-4-0 Shunter

About as small as I've seen in US practice - in Scotland these are (were) called 'pugs'.

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