Giant chunks of cooled slag form an island near Mud Lake.
One of my favorite night views of Fort Snelling’s so-called Upper Post, taken between snowstorms.
On the left you can see one of the later air shafts for the mine below, which allowed for natural air exchange with the main production areas of the coal mine. That is to say, there were no fans blowing fresh air down below.
Shuttered windows on the side of one of the collapsing bonded warehouses.
Wind took the spring melt on the trees growing in taconite pellets and made it airborne. Loading chutes in the background.
This was taken before the top of the docks really started to rot-out; now this stretch past the crane is distinctly unsafe to cross. Still, you can’t beat the view of Dock #2 winding into the distance, where the approach is chopped-off before the yard used to extend.
The ice around the dock, compressed by the waves, was less clear than the open ice.
Taken from the arm of the pocket loader–note the tree growing out of the conveyor belt. Often where you see old piles of taconite, trees are springing up. The byproducts of the pelletization process break down and make a really fertile mix, especially with all the iron content!
The substation has definite structural issues. Pictured is the sidewalk that connected the plant to the company housing.