A quick shot to show the mineshaft in context with the smelter. Did I mention the smelter’s stack is unreasonably gigantic?
This bridge over Eagle River is beautiful.
The lower floors of King Elevator are scrapped and ruined. Nearly everything that is not concrete has been destroyed. Some time ago it seems that someone built a tarp-roof hovel inside of the ground floor.
The company headquarters. Abandoned last time I drove past it, though it is the classiest building in downtown South Bend.
Not a wisp of smoke can be seen today.
Little has changed inside the mill, but since it was built in 1916, many tanks and ancillary buildings have popped up around it.
The Tilston School,built in the late 1960s. In front of it is a memorial and model to the first schoolhouse. This building, however, has been turned into a kind of town dump. The classrooms are filled with mattresses and discarded tires and trash.
Wagons and horses were kept in the building on the left, separate from the rest of the complex in case of fire. In the distance is the boiler house, separate for the same reason.
The hiking around Central City is beautiful and full of history. Just get a proper topo map!