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A for Alice

Does Disney pay the school, or does the school pay Disney? #consumerism

Bldg. B

I found a meth lab in this building once. (Yes, I called it in.)

Dock 5L

One of the covered rail loading docks. All of them were overgrown and rust-clad.

Film: Gold Floatation

After crushing, these machines would float lighter material to the surface of the water, where it would be skimmed and discarded. Gold and silver laden stone would sink to the bottom, where it was collected for the next stage of processing. Leica/Summilux 35/Ektar 100

Steam Downstream

In the steam plant, steam pipes bundled in canvas and asbestos criss-cross the walls.

Pillsbury A’s Stone Fascade

From Main Street, looking straight up at the A Mill, only the silence makes one think that nobody’s still inside, grinding grain into Pillsbury’s Best.

Brick Graffiti – 1933

Fantastic brick graffiti piece by a Duluthian in 1933! Is the stick drawing of a horse? Feel free to weigh in.

Truck Scale

Daisy Mill could accept shipments from water, rail, and truck at one time. Now everything comes and goes by rail.

101-B

An original stencil-brushed sign.

Trains at General Mills “A”

A passing cloud almost looks like a puff of smoke from the trimmed smokestack of Consolidated D. In the lower corner you can see a little Stonehenge that someone with a sense of humor and heavy equipment built.

Door C

A heavy steel rail door to help funnel explosions upward, rather than outward.

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.

Ghost Signs on Consolidated D

It’s a mystery to me why this elevator has a Gold Medal Flour ghost sign. You can read it along with its obsolete monikers today.

I Z E

Miners at the turn of the century had better taste in typography than the average person does today.

Dripping Rock Chute

Spring melt flows down the rusty rock house. In the background is the frame for the shaft.

Chute A-6

Atop Elevator ‘M’, formerly Cargill ‘O’.

Whiskey Barrels and Terra Cotta

Between the Old Crow and Old Taylor bonded warehouses are some of the fouled barrels, now the only ones left, which were left to rot in the elements. Nearby in a loading bay that has obviously been disused longer than the rest of the property, terra cotta roofing waits in crates.