Somewhere there was a hoe left on the ground. Given that we had read articles about photographers being mugged around the abandoned projects, we felt it wouldn’t hurt to carry this around. I am glad we did; it made a great musical drumstick against the warped Wheeler Rec Center floor.
This is how the warehouse looks today.
The top of the giant arched windows facing the Mississippi and the swing bridge.
On deck, looking at the door to the engine room.
This tunnel goes to the adit over the Eagle River Mills. I bet those carts go fast down here!
A morning shower made the plant’s metal siding shake… probably nothing, though, compared to when the furnaces were blasting. The objects on the ground are molten ore containers.
Old conveyor belts are draped over the sides of the ore chutes to cut down on the noise and wear of the dumping trains.
For a short time, CN mounted flood lights atop the abandoned dock.
Near the old slag dump there are the remains of the pouring buckets that received the molten steel from the US Steel blast furnaces, filled to the brim with pig iron. They must be incredibly heavy!