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Coal Loader Crane
Dating from 1953, this ore loader was used to transfer coal and coke between railroad cars and river barges. It stands alongside the Mississippi River, immediately adjacent to the Carondelet Coke site.

Off-site links:

  • Coke Loader and Preserving a Sense of History at Preservation Research Office

  • The black rubber strip leading into this tunnel was a conveyor belt that carried process materials to and from the crane. The passageway connects to a below-grade tipping station where railroad cars could unload their cargo by gravity.

    The river hits its lowest levels in the fall, sometimes exposing sands and embankments that spend much of the year under many feet of water. Water lines on the metal dock towers give some idea of how high it can get during the springtime wet season.

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