These corner pilings served as bumpers… a little assurance against wind, ice, and new captains.
From the slip where grain boats would tie for loading and unloading, the unloader juts in a modernist-architectural way that is oddly visibly satisfying. Inside that white building is the retracted boat unloader, more or less a long and sturdy conveyor attached to a joint and crane motor. There used to be four loaders that looked like simple tubes with cranes and ropes attached hanging from this side of the elevator. All that remains of those is one fixture on the white building (not visible here) and the frame of one on the elevator proper, visible in the upper-middle of this image, to the right of the unloader apparatus.
Much of the plant depended on steam, not only for heat but for mechanical power.
As the Barker steamed past the dock and island, the sunset casts the shadow of the Taconite Harbor receiving trestle on the boat. Through the fog, you can see some of the islands that were joined into a breakwater.
A huge steam pipe snakes between catwalks, through the floors, and toward the condensers, so the water could be recovered and reused.
Chester Creek, where it was forced to dip below the circa-1970s I-35 tunnels.
Sidewalks to a boarded barracks, each making the other obsolete in the night.
A vintage X-Ray machine in the oldest section of the hospital.