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It seemed the only way to get a view of the room was to climb above the mounds of rotting donations, now not even fit to burn.

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From an unsteady perch atop the blast furnace, the morning light began to leach into the complex below.
A color study of the rotting donated clothes in the former GB&S Machine Shop.
Looking past the hoist room (left) toward Shaft No. 1, behind the concrete head frame built in the late 1940s. This shaft could haul equipment from ground level (below) to shop level, where the picture was taken.
Some of the rotting clothes were in boxes, split long ago from moisture. Others were just heaped in piles.
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.
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.
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    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.

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