While it looks like ground level, everything here is one story above the actual earth.
Redlining is the practice of shutting certain races out of neighborhoods, and it is still a big problem today. Such behaviors were a big factor in creating the need for these projects.
These dump cars moved copper ore to the top of the furnaces… it’s about two stories above ground level.
This corner of the building was the coal room, used to feed the two big boilers inside. The steam equipment has been replaced with electric, so this section may not have changed much in the past decades.
Don Crist ’83. Brick Graffiti Series.
A big sliding fire door opens onto a train dock.
The third floor corridor is not so welcoming, as it requires visitors to walk along the support breams without the luxury of a floor. I didn’t mind, but I can’t see the family with young children that was also exploring Noisy doing the same.
It was interesting that, even though storms had carried the wooden walkway that stretched under the dock, these piles of spilled taconite remain where they had dropped.
Dust explosions were a real risk for grain mills. These funnels helped to filter the air in the mill.