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Worm in the path of raw ore where it would be dumped from rock cars into the silo below.
Worm in the path of raw ore where it would be dumped from rock cars into the silo below.

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Fall fog swept up from the river valley, making the building look more like it felt--a ghost, out of time and place.
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Pillars painted red indicated firefighting supplies.  Fire was a very common enemy of early rail facilities, and many roundhouses burned down because of a combination of dry wood, hot, fire-breathing machinery and countless oil-saturated surfaces.
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    The town of Elcor, near the Elba and Corsica Mines. Courtesy Iron Range History Center.

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    It was a hospital, not an insane asylum, they insisted. Starting in 1885, this Westborough mental institution was both and housed thousands at a time.