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Abandoned Pittsburgh Plate Glass soda ash plant

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Abandoned Chemical Plant, Owens Lake, Califonia

On one of my trips exploring Mt. Whitney, along highway 395 in California's eastern Sierra, this plant produced soda ash (Sodium Carbonate) used in glass making for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. 

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company was founded in 1880 and became the first commercially successful producer of high-quality, thick flat glass using the plating process. The building and the large sheds and silos were used in crystallizing and processing carbonate compounds mined from the exposed lake bed.

The factory was closed in 1968, and now it sits as abandoned ruins alone in the landscape. The abandoned buildings were bought by Dr. McCabe, a medical valve inventor who used the facilities recreationally.

© Dan Kosmayer, 2010

All images are original and have been taken by Dan Kosmayer.

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