Broad Ford Forsaken: Outside Looking In
Compiled & Written by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 8-28-2009
Photographs & Commentary by cjb19772009


"carved in stone" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09

~~ Outside Looking In ~~

This is our last page of photographs taken by Flickr photographer cjb19772009 (currently known online as Mtnbiker09) on several treks to what is left of the A. Overholt and Company Distillery at Broad Ford, PA. The viewpoint this time is "outside looking in," and you will find a few shots that are the outside views of something you just saw on the "inside looking out" page. Again, these are pictures that evoke more than the objective eye -- they draw the beholder into the emotion of the conversation, daring us to identify more with the artist than the camera, and learn to appreciate the art of an emerging photographer.


"processing & mixing room" - Photograph by cjb19772009 2008

On his Flickr site, cjb identifies the picture above as being in the processing and mixing building, but this is the same threshhold that I once stood upon, back in 2004. The A. Overholt and Company Building is the Distillery Building, which housed all the essentials of whiskey production -- fermentation tubs, two pot stills with very tall columns, a huge condenser, all kinds of pipes, a laboratory, a pump room, etc. Read more about the Distillery Building in Broad Ford Distressed, Page 2.


"pump control room" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside At The Office Building ~~


Office Building 1 - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


Office Building 2 - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


Office Building 3 - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


Office Building 4 - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Still Outside Looking In ~~


Office Building 5 - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


Office Building 6 - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


Office Building 7 - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside Free Warehouse A ~~


"machine-fabricating shop" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside The Grain Elevator ~~


"strange mist in it"- Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside The Granary ~~


"abandon all hope . . . and enter" - Photograph by cjb19772009 7-12-09


"granary window" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside The Water Tower Supports ~~


"tower ruins" - Photograph by cjb19772009 7-12-09


"tower base" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outbuildings ~~


"front gate building" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09

"This was the equivalent of what a guard shack would be today. It was full of a lot of miscellaneous junk and I could not even see the floor. In the summer I am sure it has snakes. But also a haven for bees and hornets, too. I think it will be gone before this summer."


"shed" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside Drying House Closet ~~


"outside the closet" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside The Bottling House ~~


"the path beyond" - Photograph by cjb19772009 7-24-09

"It is a long walk back, from the rear of the Old Overholt Distillery bottling building/cafeteria, out to the front door. This is the rear looking towards the front."


~~ Looking In A Distillery Hallway ~~


"distillery hallway 1" - Photograph by cjb19772009 2008


"distillery hallway 2" - Photograph by cjb19772009 2008


~~ Graffiti At Hallway's End ~~


"hallway graffiti 1" - Photograph by cjb19772009


"hallway graffiti 2" - Photograph by cjb19772009


~~ Outside A Tunnel Looking In ~~


"underground 1" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


"underground 2"- Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


"underground 3" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09


~~ Outside The Stack ~~


"bottom of smokestack" - Photograph by cjb19772009 4-16-09

"There was so many varieties of brick used in the whole facility, but yes, all firebrick for this stack. I am sure Abraham Overholt could afford it, lol."

RE: Temple Bricks

"The brick resting on the smokestack is one that I found in the nearby rubble from the processing building. It was used to reface a lot of the buildings of the distillery. But it is a type of firebrick.

Temple was a brick made by Harbison-Walker Refractories in PA. The company still exists and has offices in Pittsburgh, PA. It was started in 1865. Refractory-type bricks are different from ordinary bricks because of their light buff color, a composition of silica and alumina clays."


Temple Fire Brick
Photograph by cjb 19772009 4-16-09


Go on to Broad Ford Views 2, the first of several new pages in the Views series.

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