This towering arms factory sprawls over 900,000 square feet. The main building was built in the 1860’s and features a massive shot tower that was used to gravity cool lead shot to be used in their cartridges. This factory produced ammo that was used in World Wars One and Two as well as the UK’s Boer War and many other conflicts as well as supplied the nation with the reliable munitions needed to hunt and supply food for their families in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Early spring this year she suffered a fire that charred 1/4 of the main building. Now, copper thieves are gutting her insides piece by piece, machine by machine, organ by organ.
It truly makes me sad to stand in the cemetery across the street from this factory, each tombstone marked around the same time that Remington was built or thriving. Many of her loyal employees rest in the shadow of her 13 story shot tower. So many souls toiled their whole lives behind her screaming machines, they gave their energy and their lives to this factory so that their life and the lives of their families could be better. Their hard work created the communities we now live in. These factories breathed life into the cities, brought workers to their streets and sparked electricity through their wires. Now as factories like this sit silently, loyally overlooking the skylines of countless cities as if they were enormous protectors, elder giants of the past looking over the lives of those nearby, they are forgotten, left to slowly crumble back to the earth.
This is surely not my best. I did not know how to deal with what was racing through my head. I can’t wait to return and hopefully do her memory more justice. I love ya Remington. You’ll always be my first industrial love. You will always be the catalyst that showed me there was more to documenting history than shooting photos in the same asylums and hospitals that my colleagues shoot. We all owe giants of industry like Remington so much. Without them, the community you live in may have never existed.
Entered into Stillness Speaks Monthly Competition for consideration in the category “I am still here, after all these years.”