A stencil instructs the first and third shifts to ask security for access. Security was out during all my visits, except one mishap where a strung-out local chased me with a truck. Having spent a decade exploring the U.P., I was not caught off guard.
This door used to open at river level, but it has since been built up and sealed with a steel grate. Still, the original doors (with original paint?) stand in the same place. Once they opened to the fresh air, now they are permanently sealed in the tunnels. This is the official entrance for inspecting the mine, hence fiber optic and ladder. Shortly after the plant was demolished, this entire area was resealed and alarmed.
Easier-to-demolish parts of the power plant were torched apart. Catwalks to nowhere meant lots of dead ends.
2011. Flavored beers are still popular. The flavor concentrates were stored in this bank of fridges.
A switch for the yard engines, now on the edge of the property where nobody will find it.
A staircase threads between the top floor and the sluices, which are in the middle of the dredge-mill.
This rod mill (?) was made in Denver Colorado at a factory now buried by condos. #justdenverthings
Where workers would sign documents and collect their pay.