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Under The Charge

Coke that missed the car would roll into the moat. Better than setting the ground on fire, I suppose... note that even the concrete is sheathed in firebrick.
Coke that missed the car would roll into the moat. Better than setting the ground on fire, I suppose... note that even the concrete is sheathed in firebrick.

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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.
A string of vehicles have found death at Packard recently. Usually they are simply driving up ramps and pushed off the rooftops, but this one seemed destined for a worse fate. Found in the far corner of the far building.
Sonnenstrahlen, "sunbeams", come through the kicked-up coke dust covering everything below the sintering floor.
To facilitate demolition, walls were knocked out around the old doorways. The only thing left to show what it used to be (besides the blueprints I have) is a sign describing proper dining etiquette.
Perhaps the most significant asset for Huron-Portland's Duluth Plant was its train shed; it was certainly the busiest place.
The top floor's old-fashioned hospital ways were too much to pass without a photo or two... with the paint falling off the walls it was as if the building was shedding its skin in an effort to become rejuvenated or useful.
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    Looking across a skyway at the dust-collecting funnels, one of the few pieces of equipment that haven't been completely decimated by time and the elements.

    This building seemed a bit too eager to murder me, but it was too late to turn back. Built with inadequate materials, due to WWI material shortages, and built in a hurry, due to its sister plant burning to the ground, every day this building still stands flouts time, nature, and gravity.

    A self-propelled model, this crane could move itself on and around the dock by itself.  Its primary purpose at the docks was to remove ore chutes from the sides of the docks for repair, although occasionally it had to pull-up cars and trains that went over the end.

    I have a unique perspective of the Allouez Ore Docks, and that's my usual perch on the last light hoop. Find out how the docks sound when the lake freezes. What it's like to watch a 1,000 foot ore carrier passing by in the fog. Finally, I go in detail to tell the history of this place, where boats and trains danced by the lake.

    Standing on the bricks of a demolished house, the framing from the side of a garage seems to form a cross. In the distance, one of the excavators swings back and forth, sending the coal seam straight to the furnaces.

    Brown coal is plentiful in central Germany, but it lies under its farms, towns, and people. By the time you read this article, the town I took pictures of will be part of a mine pit.


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