A panorama showing the biggest building in Gilman—unless you count the massive mine below as a structure.
This big rusty sphere hides behind the incomplete 5-stack.
The underside of the ore dock in winter. Snow drifts across the dock from the frozen lake.
Why the door had to be moved over 2 1/2 feet will remain a mystery.
Raab strolling where the coal and ore would be dumped by trains that traveled along the top of the concrete pilings.
Partier graffiti dates to when the caves were last open to the public; probably in the 1990s. This tunnel used to horseshoe between the brewery’s ice chute (left) and basement door (right, backfilled). Note the utility tunnel in the upper-right corner as well as the lighting brackets on the ceiling.
The concrete walls, heavy steel blast doors, and plastic roof tell me that this was one of the shell loading buildings.
Standing on the fence barricade that used to keep squatters out of the tunnel, the size of the space is impressive. What you see here is the current length of the tunnel; I set up a flashlight at the end to illuminate the concrete wall that is the lower portal.
Taconite Harbor’s main road, now overgrown and leading to nothing. Just asphalt between caved-in curbs.