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  1. #201
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    Post Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    Joe one thing for sure that wood would burn well, but it would be a job hauling that and I am getting to old to do suff like that. I was at the Distillery on Sunday afternoon and went into the 1966 Bottling House and it is amazing how bad a shape it is in. It is the newest building in the plant 1951 and it is the worst one for condition. Water pours in when it rains, vandels have stolen just about all they can and walking aroung it brings so many memories everytime I walk in there. I see an old Raincoat in the incoming spirits area and it is my old friend Walt Harringtons old raincoat. it was Walt who used to keep the Kinsey Benifit club going so that if you got hurt you got a little bit of spending money till you came back! He was always selling tickets for it. You could win a basket of cheer and the rest went to the fund.

    I think back to our amazing safety record very few people got hurt and we never had a fire in the place. It was to me the most special place I ever worked and I am thankful I lived in the time I did and worked there. I only wish I would have stayed there a little longer but its closing would have been very hard for me. I never in my wildest dreams thought the place would ever be abandoned! And I will be forever proud of our Whiskeys.

    I can sit here and see myself rolling dice at break time in the warehouses or climbing into a coal car in the yard gang, we worked hard but we had pride in our work ethic, it was there I learned to have a good work ethic and I to this day try not to miss any days even at 65 years old.
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    Last edited by dave ziegler; 11-20-2012 at 17:04.

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    Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    It is always sad seeing what has Happened to Warehouse Q the Fire Tower Warehouse. First about 10 yrs ago vandels went up on the 3rd Floor and set Old corn Whiskey Barrels on fire and it got so Hot that the Glass melted out of the Fire tower Windows and the flooring fell down leaving the upper tower of the two room tower with a pit that has no way out. The Upper floor was to look across the roof.

    Now The Wooden wall first floor the guy who owns the place put in instead of a real door fell out leaving the wall wide open, and also the Upper floor has a large hole punched in it when the fire company put the Corn Whiskey Barrel fire out.

    Such a sad thing to see happen to this building at the high point of the Plant which insured you could watch for any sign of fire in all directions.
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    Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    One of the Sadest things is what has happened to Warehouse Q the warehouse with the Fire Observation room. With the Hole in the wall on the 3rd floor and the Wooden wall fallen out on the first floor it is open to all the bad weather and it is really going down. And all because of the Rotten Man who owns the Place and left it to be doomed instead of selling it when everything was still working. His greed has destroyed Kinsey!
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    Post Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

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    Here is a picture of the Old Publicker CO2 Plant in 1975 under the Walt Whitman bridge. Given to me By my Friend Butch who worked for Publicker for 10 yrs in Phila.
    I will soon be posting many more old time Publicker Picture here from Butch once I get a chance to download them.
    I am glad He is finding many old shots from the Phila Plant.
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    Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    Mr. Ziegler, were the warehouses heated the entire time you worked there?

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    Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    Yes they had a venting and heating setup in all the Explosion proof warehouses, and the old Kinsey ones had vent holes and heat also! They were not very warm but they kept the temps set at the point they thought would give them the best aging process. When I left in fall 1971 everything was still heated even the ones where we had removed the racks from and put Barrels in Piles after filling them!

    They were big believers that a little Heat was important to the aging process. And my opinion was it did work our whiskys were very Good!
    Continental was always looking to improve product and at the same time keep the prices at a point the working man could aford them.
    Thanks for your Question Mr Leopold, hope your products are doing well! If you ever get down this way I would like to take you through what is left of the place.
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    Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    Do you happen to remember what the minimum temperatures in the winter were? I'm simply curious.

    We're doing great, thanks for asking. Our new distillery should be up and running in the fall. I'll keep you posted.

    I'd LOVE to visit the plant with you if I'm in that area. Thank you for the kind offer!

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    Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    Look forward to taking you through Kinsey some time, soon I hope and best wishes on your whiskeys! If I remember the temp was always kept around 45 to 50 max! They for the time had some fairly good controls in each warehouse!
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    Post Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    During WWII in 1944 There was a Phila, PTC Transport Workers strike so transport Trucks were used to bring people to work at Publicker. My Friend Butch gave me this picture of one of the trucks at the Phila Plant.
    Here is a picture of Bigler Street Gasohol Distillation Colums " Before 1977 Working and the after Abandoned in 1992" Thanks again to Butch for the Pictures. Butch worked for Publicker for about 10 years and has some great insight into the Plant.

    I hope to upload many more Phila Plant pictures soon.
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    Re: The Kinsey Fire Observation Room

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    ...Here is a picture of Bigler Street Gasohol Distillation Colums " Before 1977 Working and the after Abandoned in 1992" Dave Z
    As always, thanks for the pics Dave. Hadn't thought about the term Gasohol in awhile. I was pumping gas in the late 70's when Gasohol starting hitting the market hard. Unlike the E10 mixtures of today, back then it had a very peculiar smell as I remember. Very sweet, and easily distinguishable from the regular gasoline. Also, the yellowjackets loved the stuff. Dozens would swarm around the pumps, and it was a constant battle to keep from being stung.
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