I like to think of this as a giant straw, through which the factory is slowly draining the earth, leaving nothing but reinforced concrete below…
“But everyone I used to know was either dead or in prison
So I came back to Minneapolis this time I think I’m gonna stay” -Tom Waits
Timbers overlap where mine cars plunged, a strange wooden fence traced the center of the beams.
In the upper left of the image you can see where the gas tanks used to be, along with the concentration equipment. Along the bottom you can also see some of the many railroad tracks coming and going from the plant–the ones visible here were incoming tracks that carried in hard coal from the eastern US.
A twin-engine crew pushes full taconite cars onto Dock 6.
Observing War City in the midst of an electric storm. This photo is lit almost entirely by lightning.
The EPA has been doing work on and off over the past few years, digging up the foundations of the demolished steel mill to clean up the site.
A half acre of switchboards and switches, circuit breakers and generators. Modern.
From the roof of the Clemens House, looking toward downtown St. Louis.
While the last of the Studebaker production buildings were being demolished, I visited again. Here’s a shot taken shortly after the demolition crew left for the day.
Looking at the engine house (left) from atop the stoves.
For a short time, CN mounted flood lights atop the abandoned dock.
Looking at ADM-Delmar #4, #1 and Kurth from the Meal Storage Elevator at sunset on one of the warmer days of December. Note the graffiti “United Crushers” that gave the big elevator its common name among locals. Also, Harris Machinery is sitting in the lower-left corner, awaiting word of its next use.
Two versions of Detroit. One where buildings stand tall and proud, and one where they wilt under the sun. It’s an amazing juxtaposition.
Mill Hell before the University of Minnesota began developing the area. Now many of the buildings are gone, there are new roads and even bike paths.
A long exposure panorama of Electric Steel and Kurth from the roof of Russell Miller B, days before it was demolished.
Coming to an inspirational poster near you… what should it read? ADVENTURE AWAITS? Don’t hang posters. Go outside.
In what used to be a hallway under what used to be a skyway, each with what had conveyor belts for the grain that once was stored here. The fog doesn’t change.
The mill is one of the tallest buildings in the city. It’s too bad that the cupola with its big skylights and flagpole were removed.
A row of security lights line the roof of the power station.
A shot of Longmont from the highway. Fuji 35mm.
Paperwork litters the floors of the zinc mine offices.
If you look close you can see a figure on the water tower.
The copula where molten metal would pour is on the left. It seems the whole floor was covered in ash in front of it.
The coke plant looked more natural through a grimy window.
The mill was powered, in part, by water flowing through turbines under it. After the flow worked the industrial heart of the flour mill, it was exit to the Mississippi here.
Near Howardsville, Colorado, the Animas River gets quite wide. This is near the Little Nation Mill, which is worth a stop if you’re traveling north from SIlverton. It’s also near the former Gold King Mine, which “blew” in 2015 and flooded the Animas River with toxic mine water.
Every timber pillar was numbered for maintenance purposes.
Platforms and abandoned outbuildings, as seen in 2005.
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.
Workers’ lockers, strewn across Main Street, yet still out of the way.
Looking at The Windy City from the top of the coal tower. The pond you see is the former ACME Coke coal yard.