Southwest Still Bank   Leave a comment

One of the most prominent features of the site are the bare still bases. The still bases that are on this page are from the last group of stills that were built, probably sometime in 1921, or 1922. According to both the Laramie Boomerang and the Laramie Republican, these were planned as early as October, 1920. There is a total of twelve bases within this bank of stills, (including the end bases), and are numbered from west to east, similar to the production line images. All of the stills and production facilities along the southern side of the property were built by and for the Standard Oil Company of Indiana.

Southwest Still Bank, highlighted. (Courtesy LRCD)

Southwest Still Bank, highlighted. (Courtesy LRCD)

More of Mund's work.

The tagger “MUND” has emblazoned his name in a number of locations throughout the site. Including on the top supports of the far western bank of stills.

This twig was "glued" to the wall.

This twig was “glued” to the wall of still base four.

One of the many works of graffiti art that can be found on the end of the still bases.

This work of graffiti art is found on the north end still base number five from the west.

Rowdy & Weak Heart have been added since the LRCD purchased the property.

Rowdy, Weak & the heart are the most recent additions to the south end of still base six.

A chair frame is left to rust next to still base six.

A chair frame is left to rust next to still base six.

A view of the production buildings between still bases 10 and 11.

A view of the production buildings between still bases 10 and 11.

Two of the most recent incidents of vandalism; this and the following image occurred after the LRCD installed the fence closing off the area.

Another recent addition is “More Butter” to the wall of still base eleven.

The north end of the last still base to the east of this bank has collapsed over time.

The north end of the last still base to the east of this bank has collapsed over time.

A view of the west still bank foundation. This supported a 3-story structure that covered the tanks.

A view of the west still bank foundation, note the collapsed section on the right side of the base.

This wall supported a 3-story structure that covered the still tanks

This wall supported a 3-story structure that covered the still tanks.

Posted January 27, 2013 by docthissen

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