Glory Hole Mill Creek A shallow creek traces Illinois Gulch toward the Chain O’ Mines mill. Ball mills are laid out in the sun. Similar Images ...based on the tags: clouds, conveyors, creeks, funnels, HDR, mills, ruins, trees, water... Dust explosions were a real risk for grain mills. These funnels helped to filter the air in the mill. In the distance, the San Haven Sanatorium water tower. My first picture at Nopeming, sometime around 2004. The same year that the county stopped mowing the lawn. Tucked-into the side of the concentration mill… these machines were meant to crush underground rock into a fine dust for mineral extraction. Some of the ruins are way off the beaten path… foundations of tank stands and pillars of buildings that never had walls or roofs. Cobbled walkways followed the assembly lines. The exterior of the factory is unassuming Roughly below the parking lot for the Rose Garden. There are many skeletal remains of buildings that were burned to destroy the pollutants inside. It’s not an uncommon step in a cleanup.