The above photo is actually from 1972-73, as the dome was still being assembled. This is the first of the Emerson Diesel power plant modules on its foundation...this one housed engine #1 along with the day tank and those CO2 bottles. (from the dome erection folder on the Pole common drive)
At left is a much more distant view looking through the arches towards the beginning of the Biomed construction. NSF photo by Rolf Bionert
A bit later, the Biomed structure and arch are being completed...based on events in the late 1990s, this clinic became famous. NSF photo from Jerry Marty
During 1973-74, the Navy (NMCB-71) continued construction on the arches and above-surface structures, while Holmes and Narver (H&N) worked on utilities in the utilidor and elsewhere, as well as the fuel system.
At left, at the other end of the arches, the floor panels in the garage/carpenter shop/gym are being installed. NSF photo from Jerry Marty
And here at right is the hero shot documenting the delivery of crate #50. photo by Ralph Lewis
And at right is the comms building, shown here with the temporary stack from the oil heater inside the first floor. These heaters (and lots of stovepipe) were furnished for construction heat as well as for emergency service if permanent power went down. The heaters were poor substitutes for Preways and fortunately disappeared quickly. Some of the round openings for the stacks were still evident on walls of the station buildings. US Navy photo, AJ 3/75
A bit later in the 1973-74 season, here's the helium arch being erected (left). The garage arch has been completed, with the end wall installed. Not in the right place, it was discovered recently. It seems that the new garage and power plant arches were designed to align with the end of the original garage arch; when these were built it was discovered that they didn't line up, one ring had been left off of the original garage arch. So a piece was added from the demo'd helium/cargo arch to make things right. NSF photo (and trivia) from Jerry Marty
The photo at left is from the cover of the March/April 1975 Antarctic Journal which included the feature article on what we knew as the "new South Pole Station." You can read the article here as a part of an archive of Jeff Kietzmann's "save the dome" web site, later updated by 2001 winter site manager Jerry Macala...well, I need to update this page to my archive copy with the photos from that Antarctic Journal article).
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