Pike Island Locks and Dam
Looking north along the Ohio River. The locks are on the West Virginia side of the river.
Photo taken by Army Corps of Engineers
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BH Photo #150045
This is a coal tipple. Coal was carried by conveyor belt, across the road and then stored in the silo until it could be loaded into rail cars for transport to market.
Railroad tracks run right next to the tower and coal hoppers were loaded here for years. Not sure when operations ceased.I used to live in Wheeling and went past here all the time in the 70's and early 80's.
Are there any coal operations in that region? It looks a bit like a coal slurry boom, but I'm not sure about that tank structure on the left.
I found this structure in West Virginia, along WV 2. It is upriver from the Pike Island Locks and Dam. I have no idea what it is, although it appears to be some sort of loader.
Since we've been discussing civil engineering projects the last several days, perhaps one of you civil engineers or river rats can tell me what this structure is.