Footprints of houses past; tailings of mines past.
Chester Creek, where it was forced to dip below the circa-1970s I-35 tunnels.
I am not sure what this machine does, but I have a hunch that it husks and cleans the sugar beets as they come into the plant. It is certainly the biggest single piece of equipment in any of the mills.
Scanned after being recovered from the bottom of an old wooden box for a few years. Circa 2005.
Hales & Hunter sign, as it looks today.
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.
From left to right: shaft building, headframe, rock house, hoist house.
The coal extractor swings back and forth, ripping coal from the ground and throwing it on a conveyor belt to be burned a few miles away.
Trees between duplexes overshadow the buildings they were planted to shield; revenge for the boards on the windows.