The Grounds of the Allied Paper Company
We will start our tour of the grounds of the Allied Paper company near the former Bryant Millpond across the street from Mill C:
This is the dam that once formed the Bryant Millpond. Beyond the fence is the former millpond and waste disposal areas. There were also more mill buildings back there at one time. The entire area is now fenced off because of the pollution - the area is contaminated with PCBs from de-inking of carbonless copy paper which used to be made with PCBs. Originally, these chemicals were just dumped into the millpond. Later on in the operation of the mill, the waste water would be "treated" and then the residuals from the treatment process were put in a landfill, which evidently formed the banks of the river. Smooth thinking, there. Crews are currently working to deploy measures intended to prevent the further erosion of these residuals into the river.
These days, the water just flows through on its merry way...
...and under the road over toward Mill C.
And here's the front (the southern side) of Mill C (the Bryant Mill) as it exists today, looking from left to right:
The left-most portion of the mill, along with an extremely large tank (I wonder what that used to hold - fresh water to be used in a manufacturing process? used process water awaiting treatment? some chemical?). You can also see the viaduct which runs all the way to the right to the powerhouse. To the left of the photograph, it currently terminates when it reaches the street, but it used to run across the street to the other mill buildings or perhaps to the water treatment buildings.
The portion of Mill C visible in this picture consists mostly of office and laboratory space, at least on the upper floor. This portion of the mill was set on fire on October 18th, 2001, as you can probably see from the burn marks coming out of the windows and the missing/burned portion of the wall in the middle of the photo. We don't know what is in the basement of this portion of the mill since we've never gone down there, and probably never will now that it has been damaged so badly by the fire.
Here's the business portion of the mill - most of the manufacturing areas and such are in this section of the building. The main warehouse/storage room can be seen to the far right.
The size of this warehouse building/room (it's just one large room inside) is staggering. I encourage you to take the Mill C tour after you're done here for a look inside this and the other parts of Mill C.
Let's walk over and have a look at the eastern side of Mill C [straight ahead down the railroad tracks then take a left, from the perspective of the picture above]:
A lot of trees and brush grow here.
The four ventilators in a row visible on the roof were formerly exhausts for the No. 6 paper machine.
A nice view of some of the Mill C conglomeration, with Mill D's smokestack in the background.
People used to be able to walk closer to the buildings than this before the city built the fence.
The "Roll Grinding Room" is located just to the east of Mill C. This building contained equipment used to grind the surfaces of the paper machine rollers, presumably in order to give them smooth and even textures.
Walking north a little way along the eastern side of Mill C, the building looks rather bland.
That's all for the eastern side of Mill C, so let's head on to the back (north) side of the mill.