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Terres Rouges

The deindustrialization...
If for urbexeurs it's synonymous with new playgrounds, it is also seen as a tragedy in the regions where it hits.
This decline often occurs in cities in historically industrial. The site visited today is no exception.

The first factory was founded in the second half of the 19th century in a region rich in iron ore. Quickly, the plant grows and the dawn of the 20th century, five blast furnaces are built. As usual, multiple mergers or acquisitions will lead the site of maximum production to a gradual closure.
In 1977, production is finally stopped and the blast furnaces immediately demolished.
From the former complex, it remains today as the loading hall, a large workshop, a few sheds and a vast wasteland.

In addition to the plant (or rather its remains), the site also has a lot of removed railroad tracks and a power plant that was fed by the hot gases from blast furnaces.

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Nibbled concrete and rust. Yum !

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Loading hall.

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Iron ore came from the hoppers before being sent into the feedstock inlet of blast furnaces.

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From the amazingly clear water for such a place.

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No idea if the water was present during the production. I doubt it but I don't know.

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The last hoppers are equipped with a conveyor.

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There are 30 hoppers, some are assigned to one ore color (gray, brown, etc..).

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"Read the Bible"

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The upper floor will not be visited.

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Why Red Grounds (Terres Rouges) ?

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Electrical auxiliaries building.

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The technical false floor hasn't survived vandals.

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The loading hall in most of its length.

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A large workshop, lost in the wasteland.

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The space formerly occupied by the five blast furnaces and fireplaces.

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An old hall being collapsed...

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We don't suspect that the ground is very polluted under our feet...

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The railway signal box.

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To turn on or off the sun.

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Before leaving, a historic photo :
The plant at its peak with the five blast furnaces. The loading hall runs the length of the factory at the foot of chimneys.

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July 2013

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