The layout and design of the buildings reminded me strongly of a brewery or distillery. To the right you can see some of the retrofits by the first lumber company to buy the buildings, in the 1970s.
Where the trees are sprouting–below the skyways and criss-crossing pipes–are two sets of railroad tracks that turned through this narrow alleyway through the middle of the production line to drop off raw materials and pick up finished product.
A tower above Minneapolis that few people see.
This ruin was once the Toltec Mine, a producing gold and silver claim that operated into the 1940s.
SFAAP’s iconic smokestacks. You’d notice if you drove past this on the highway.
Looking through Workhouse A from the top of a silo.
The purpose of the concentrator was to separate the gold and silver-rich ore from the waste rock. You can tell from the design that the process relies heavily on gravity.
Much of the signage in the mill was hand-drawn.
The chalkboard in the filtering plant reminds new visitors of the last day.