Before Portland-Huron Cement’s Duluth Plant was (mostly) demolished and (partly) turned into a hotel, the top of its silos gave a cinematic view of elevator row.
The roof of the King Elevator had two small vents and a terrific view of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Arista 100 in 120.
A ship passes the abandoned dock on its way to Duluth. Taconite dust stains the sides of its hull red.
The elevator tower seems to have been built with expansion of the dock in mind.
The bridge here moved workers between the dock, the approach tracks, and refueling buildings.
As a storm moves across Lake Superior toward Duluth, an ore freighter anchors behind the Superior light station.
A great lakes freighter slowly passes SK Wheat Pool 4 with ‘The Sleeping Giant’ in the background. Arista 100.
Looking down the breakwater from the top of the lighthouse. In the haze, you can see the world’s largest iron ore docks in Allouez Bay.
A bright red light blinks on the end of the abandoned dock to ward off passing boats.
A typical summer storm on Lake Superior.
This electric Wellman crane was added to extract coal from ships for the power plant that Erie built beside their dock. Now, with the advent of self-unloading boats, it’s been replaced by a funnel and conveyor belt.
Taken just after the sun set over Duluth. Don’t you love that green glow?
The end of the peninsula where Consolidated D was built, aka General Mills A, used to hold a Northern Pacific freight depot. These are part of the ruins of it.
Looking toward Sleeping Giant from the workhouse.
Looking toward Duluth from the top of a Dock 1 light tower. NP Dock 1 is on the left… an earlier competitor to Allouez. The stars reflect on Lake Superior.
A morning breeze pushes the last ice from the lake against Wisconsin Point.
Looking across the catwalk attache to the elevated control room, in charge of the train dumping part of the operation.
One boat comes into port while three wait. The birds, fat from spilled grain, circle overhead. Arista 100.
Looking out the second-floor lighthouse office window. On this visit, the last ice of the season was slowly drifting into the harbor.
Minnesota Power’s Taconite Harbor power station, as seen through the ship loading control room windows.