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    Abandoned in Denver: The Gates Rubber Factory


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     TheJeremyNix photographed the partially destroyed Gates Rubber Factory in Denver, Colorado, in February 2014. He says the factory was a historic landmark in the city. 'I grew up with it, so I find it fascinating to see it being torn down,' he said.
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    The Gates Rubber Factory was once the largest producer of power transmission belts in the world. Operating in Denver since 1914, the site has been closed since 1991. The buildings have been abandoned for decades now and after 85 years of cranking out more transmission belts than anyone else in the world, the ground beneath the site is contaminated and requires an extensive environmental rehabilitation effort.
    And so the iconic Gates Rubber Factory is being erased from South Denver’s landscape and another landmark that represented Denver to me for so long is disappearing forever.

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