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Marlbank Cement Factory
The Marlbank Tavern in downtown Marlbank (no connection to the cement plant ruins!) has a colourful history of its own. The original hotel was created in 1905. A couple of fires have beset the building, but it has risen from the ashes — hence it's present name.
Left: Bolts embedded in an eroding cement wall.
Above: The cement outer walls are all that remain of a building.
The brick foundations of a silo or kiln. A small brick kiln sits beside a shack on the property (see the photo on the main Marlbank page). However, these large foundations are all that remain of a larger structure.
Left: it's hard to see for the undergrowth, but there are several trenches or ditches running through the site.
Right: A closer look at some of the stonework in a trench.
Above left: cement walls.
Above right: a brick silo wall sunk into the ground.
Left: Brick inlay over what was once a window.
Left: a brick oven. Right: In the same building in front of the oven, were several slabs of cement on their sides.
Above: a tin contraption lying on the ground near the ruins. I've no idea what it is.
Right: The six standing silos were hard to photograph, as the trees and undergrowth were crowding in.
Left; a single silo.
Above right: close-up of an eroding section of the silo.
Left, top: Two of the silos, looking from the top.
Left, bottom: Looking down into one of the silos.
Getting the two shots to the left was a bit hairy. I had to climb a very skinny cedar tree growing close to the silo. Then, as I swayed in the breeze, clutching the silo side and hoping my camera would not disappear into the silo, I tried to take a steady picture.
The inside of the silo was remarkably clear of detritus. The silo beside this one had several trees growing out of it.
Left: the back side of the kiln. Right: Inside the kiln; the hole drops below the surface of the ground.
On the north side of the road from the ruins, there's an old shed that still appears to be used. The roof is made of cement; in fact, everything but the window frames and some metal roof rafters is cement. Above, the inside of the roof. It's not something I'd want to hang about under for too long, wondering if a huge chunk was about to land on my head. Right, the outside, showing the thickness of the roof and chimney.
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