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Roundhouse WIndows

This was the exterior wall of the roundhouse; engines would have entered on the other side and machinery would line this side, hence the big windows for natural light.

Birtle Residential School

The front of the school overlooks the town of Birtle, Manitoba. It replaced a circa-1894 building which was a little farther down the hill.

Boarded Brew House

From the street, it’s clear that almost every window and door had boards over it, but not every building had a roof. Silly priorities.

Paint Shop

Different doors for different vehicles, I would guess. White Pine Mine used tire-based vehicles, rather than track-based, making it pretty different than other mines I’ve been to.

Officer’s Row

Officers got houses and the honor of living near other officers. They call it Officer’s Row.

Lunchroom

An employee lunchroom with every door and window covered in vented steel.

Bldg 253

This building seemed like a pump house or compressor house. It was full of empty concrete mounts.

Sunset on Osborn

It is unclear when the ‘Superior Warehouse Company’ sign was put up, but it was likely around 1916-1917, when maps indicate it served as a dry goods warehouse, operated by Twohy-Eimon Mercantile Company. The Sivertson sign was likely added in the mid-1980s. In this image I tried to preserve the colors the bricks turn at sunset.

Bay 17, Harlowton

The last bay was extended to fit the extra long 3-unit electric locomotives of the 1930s.

Camera Obscura

A hole in one of the boards casts the inverse image of a tree outside across a peeling sanatorium wall.

Old Coke Power House

One of the older buildings on the site, this is an old power house that provided electricity to the plant. I spent some time walking around it and believe it was fired with coal gas but had a diesel backup installed later.

Isabella, MB- Service at Cost

Inside the office was a small furnace and a collection of mechanical belts. You can see “SERVICE AT COST” and “POOL 168” in the background.

As Iron Clyde

From factory to skate park to restaurant. This is in the skate park stage. The buildings to the right are demolished now, and in their place are hockey rinks.

Many Windowed Building

Between two brick buildings is a metal one with many windows set into it. Having been in many mills of similar design, I conjecture that this was the milling building, where machines ground the corn before it was boiled.

Last Chapel Pew

On the boarded-up first floor of the house proper near the door to the chapel, the last pew sites next to a wet box of Bibles.

Side Staircase, 2013

A strange little staircase on the side of the orphanage puts the scale of the building in perspective. It’s big, by U.P. standards!

Quincey Flywheels

The generator room was state of the art when it was installed, allowing the complex to use motors and electric lighting ahead of its competitors.

Air Compressor

There is a cool old air compressor in the corner of the powerhouse.

Birch Takeover

Trees between duplexes overshadow the buildings they were planted to shield; revenge for the boards on the windows.

Tattered Robes of Rank

Facade of tarps and fences on the old house. It used to have a bronze ornament on the second floor patio, but it was taken for scrap years ago.

Snowed-In Offices

Train-mounted snowplows pushed the snow through the fence and against the old offices.

Forklift

Disabled forklift… I think it’s a Clark.

Boarded Clocktower

This view of BCT shows the portico where the main entrance is at the base of the office tower, and the clock.

Pump Room

Next to the generator room is the pump room, which moved steam around the complex.

Arches and Alley

A delivery alley that cuts straight into the middle of the brewery complex.

Tillston, MB- Pool Elevator

The offices for the Five Roses elevator have long been boarded. To the left you can see the Manitoba Pool Elevator slogan, “Service at Cost”, meaning they would not make profit off farmers and dues.

Kentucky Castle

Zachary Taylor’s very own Scottish castle, spring-side in the Kentucky backcountry. Boarded and waiting, but in surprisingly good condition, considering the decades. I especially love the tower on the right side of the frame.

Rock Crusher

These buildings were largely used as concentrators for the crushed rock, although I did spy some small mills inside these too.

Last Building

A gymnasium, if I recall. The last building before the road dead-ends.

Room 103, Pink

A pink room with very heavy doors that reminds me of the rooms at some of the insane asylums that I’ve explored.

Sign Language

Looking at the boarded exterior of the newer area of the orphanage from its 1914 section.

Crosses

Little crosses on the side of the church, near a broken window.

M2 – (C)SUBSTREET

The bricks routinely fell from the walls, like seeds falling from trees. On a smaller scale, new walls grew from the floors.

A Staircase Was Here

The staircase going to the second floor balcony is gone, giving a clear view of the first floor porch.

Doors 16 and 17

Pillars painted red indicated firefighting supplies. Fire was a very common enemy of early rail facilities, and many roundhouses burned down because of a combination of dry wood, hot, fire-breathing machinery and countless oil-saturated surfaces.

Hexagon Building

This battlement-like tower is the first thing one sees coming to Old Taylor from Frankfort.

Boarded Barracks II

Vents in the boards over the windows helps prevent mold and animals from getting too crazy inside.

Altar

In its last years, the church had a congregation of only about 100. It opened with 1.700…

Reception Hospital

2007. Reception Hospital. This is the hospital where incoming (suspected) patients would be evaluated (quarantined).

Singing Roundhouse

2013. A perfect summer day meets a beautiful old roundhouse on the edge of town.

Haus, Anno 1815

This building was 99 years old when it was demolished for the coal mine.

Abriss einer Stadt

Looking down Pommenicher Straße from Gaststätte Rosarius, the monstrous machine about to devour the town bites at the ground.

Administration Panorama

The side of the administration building. Around the side was a sign instructing potential employees to return on set days and times.

Asbestos Alley

This is the crane that would be used to lower extra-heavy bits of copper ore into the fire of the furnace.