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Germany Peppermint Powerplant (September 2020)

Urban Relics

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Same road trip, different powerplant. A beautiful one at that! Contrary to the previous one (Cyklonkessel Kraftwerk), this one showed virtually no signs of vandalism. Quite weird in a way, because the buildng is quite easily accessible... Perhaps it is because part of the grounds and buildings are still being used. In fact, in the powerplant itself there was a weirdly unsettling buzzing sound the whole time we were there. The noise was produced on the top floor of the boiler room by some small contraption. Not a clue what it did and why... I suppose that would scare away vandals and thieves. Anywho... So glad I got to visit this one. It had been on my bucket list for quite some time.

About the powerplant:

The Peppermint Powerplant was the power plant belonging to a gigantic paper mill. The paper mill was built between 1859 and 1861, but it would take until 1865 to start production due to financial problems and disputes with the community. In 1886, the production facilities fell victim to a fire and had to be largely rebuilt. The company had some expansions and managed to buy up several competitors. At its 50th anniversary in 1911, the factory employed 270 people. During the war of 1914, the factory ran into financial difficulties due to the collapse of the bank and had to sell the two bought-up competitors.

The factory did not suffer from World War II and production started again in September 1945. After a new fire destroyed part of the factory in 1960, several acquisitions and capital injections followed. In the late 1990s, large sums of money were still being invested in the technology of the factory, but the tide seemed to have turned definitively. The company's hydroelectric plant was sold in 2001 before filing for bankruptcy in 2002.

The photos:

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Well, that's about it. You've made it to the end... I know I overdid it a little on the turbine hall, but it was SO beautiful. I just couldn't get enough of it. I hope you enjoyed watching these as much as I enjoyed shooting them! 🙂
 

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Nice images ....

I'd also like to add some of my impressions, seen July 2020.

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::Archimedes
 
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