Saturday, April 24, 2010

What Is It?

Thursday evening, after work, I went over to the county grounds to see for myself whether the branch had really been taken out of the Eschweiler Building. Indeed, it had been removed, after only four months of exposing the interior to the frigid cold, snow, melting snow and rain.

While there, I saw some sort of equipment, but did not know what it was. Here is a picture of it:

I was able to rule out some sort of modernized, if neglected, catapult or trebuchet.

A glance inside the bucket on at the lower end shows an augur inside:

Anyone know what this thing might be?

On a side note, I also saw this in the same area behind the maintenance building on the county grounds:

As I wrote at Milwaukee County First:
With the way that Scott Walker is laying off workers left and right, and more lay offs coming, and the way he is driving businesses away from the region with his lack of foresight and refusal to maintain services and amenities, I found this abandoned Employment Guide box to be rather symbolic of his tenure as county executive.


  1. Why that contraption would be an Archimedes screw. What it's intended use was is still a mystery. Perhaps a way to get something up in the back of a truck without having to do any physical work? It would make sense since the county owns it:-)

    As for the abandoned Employment Guide box. I see these statewide. Your "accolades" should go to Jim Doyle not Scott Walker.

  2. It looks like it might be a county piece of equipment. Flat tires, lots of rust, signs of neglect. Yup, probably something Scott Walker was supposed to take care of. :)

    But thanks for the information on what it is. There's been a lot of digging around there. That might have something to do with it.