A safe distance from Prize Mine is its dynamite storage vault, designed to explode up–not out–should the worst happen.
Looking through skylights of the payroll office toward the Cheratte No.1’s tower. This is where workers would wait in line to receive pay, surrounded by the mine workings.
The lower portal of the Selby Tunnel, as it looks today. The area is a popular spot for homeless to camp–can you spot the tent?
This is a great example of a combination rock house; the silos below used to fill trains with ore dropped from mine cars pulled to the top of the structure.
The basements of the barracks were often stone and brick, and many of them were connected by short tunnels.
A cracked sign at dock-level, where loading boats would be tied below the taconite conveyors. All across the surface of the concrete dock were taconite pellets, like slippery little marbles. One wrong step could put a worker in the water, which is a bad, bad place to be.
Castle, Montana is a ghost town. Almost no signs remain that it was a mining town.
The trees were so overgrown, it was difficult to see the hotel at all from the road.