From the downtown park in Auburndale we could see the railroad track leading straight to some interesting structures with a lot of smoke/steam coming out. Had to go check it out. It was a little tricky getting there, but, from a bucolic Florida small town atmosphere, all of a sudden it was as if we had come across industrial America – or a version of it. Really didn’t know what we had stumbled across, but soon saw a huge truck loaded with citrus queuing up for entry. Found out it was the Cutrale Citrus Juices USA plant. In case you’re in the area and want a peek, it’s at the intersection of W. Derby Ave., and McKean St.
We found an entryway nearby in a seemingly vacant industrial building by the RR tracks, so parked and walked a bit to get a better view of the most interesting stacks. In the meantime a freight train rumbled by.
And here’s a view of the same stacks taken from the opposite side.
Down the road a bit saw some other interesting industrial stacks and took some snaps there (I’m fascinated by industrial scenes and collect images to be used someday in some composite dystopian images). This is a view of the Auburndale Power Partners, LP, between W. Derby Ave. and Recker Hwy.
And here is a close-up of the Calpine Osprey Energy Center, a natural gas combustion plant. I believe that it was in the process of being acquired by Duke Energy, but don’t know the result of that.
So, more to come. Love to hear what you have to say about our travels.