According to research, built in 1952 and shut down in 1982.
Coke is a purified form of coal that burns smokeless and hotter, suitable for smelting iron.
Coke is made by purifying it in an oven, burning off the impurities. The burned off impurities can be used to create various other products, hence the byproducts plant.
A view of the roof above the coke ovens, the coal hopper in the distance.
A boat and an old record player desk? Interesting things to discover at a semi-abandoned industrial facility.
A curious find.
Inside the byproducts plant.
I may be wrong, but I suspect power may have been generated here. There were steam turbines and what looked like generators.
July 8th, 1982. Final day of work at the byproducts plant.
An equally curious find as the Superman painting, a tail section of an airplane.
It looked like someone had turned part of the byproducts plant into an art studio at one time. An old kiln, paint and a few other artsy things were found.
There was more to see. Perhaps a next time.