“Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and historian.
Blast Furnace 7 as seen from the ore yard. Imagine running up those stairs through blast furnace smoke.
The white mark allowed for a manual RPM check on this big steel flywheel on the ground floor. Note how dark the bottom level of the mills is—that’s because all of the equipment is blocking out the light.
An abandoned news stand between the concourse and ticket booths. This is one of my favorite pictures from the 2000s.
A natural stone floor in Brewery Creek’s upper path has been worn smooth.
Taken from atop a grain train at the end of Cargill B-2, looking toward Lake Superior “I”, now part of the sample complex. This area used to have another slip, but Cargill filled it on when it built the elevator on the right.
Exploring the plant while live Reggae plays nearby was bizarre.
Counter-weighted ore cars alternately filled and emptied to feed Furnace 7. Honestly, though, the corner-mounted cranes are sexier in my opinion. Note the trees growing from the stacks.
Pillars among trees… those who inherit the earth will be so confused.