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What you see is not a crack in the floor, but a long vine extending ten feet onto the shop floor, as if reaching in to escape the wind and rain.
What you see is not a crack in the floor, but a long vine extending ten feet onto the shop floor, as if reaching in to escape the wind and rain.

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One of the secure doors with plastic sheathing... look but don't touch. Note the special door lock and the thickness of the solid-wood construction.
This section retains water and is mostly shaded, so moss has found a way to live in the concrete.
Looking up the lunchroom stairs...
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The sun was setting outside, highlighting the textures and lines that made the form of the power plant take a fourth dimension--time.
Old parts catalogs litter the floor. The office overlooks empty shelves. Graffiti glue peeling paint in place.
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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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