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Gulchward

Looking through the loading platform of Frontenac Mine toward Black Hawk. In 1900, you would see Druid Mine on the left and Aduddell on the right.

Inside Gunnell Mine

Judging from old pictures and maps, raw ore was dumped through these hatches, stamped into a rough powder, and hastily sorted before sending the best ore to the mill. Mills charged by tons of rock sent to them, so it did not pay to send them obvious tails.

Fisher Penthouse

Above the offices is this little section of factory that still has strips of wood flooring. This may be where the upholstery was cut.

Dump One

Some of the rotting clothes were in boxes, split long ago from moisture. Others were just heaped in piles.

The Long Mill

Tarpaper telling time-
Wood wittling weather-
Rust rot ruins.

Inside Dogtown I

The bathtub fell into the basement, ala The Miller’s Tale. That’s right. Chaucer.

Beet Levels

This volume gauge could be read from 30 feet away, which is useful when the control panels and valves are that far away.

Unintended Footprint

When I wasn’t paying enough attention on the rotten balcony, I accidentally put my foot through a rotten floorboard. I snapped a picture to remember the moment.

Boxcar Library

For 20 years, this served as the public library. According to blogger, this has been moved to Springer.

Ringling Depot – Door

Stairs and power lines enter the abandoned depot. Shingles slide off the rotten roof. Ektar 100/Mamiya 6

Jackson Residence

“Paint the fence,” they said, but I don’t feel like it… who cares, anyway.

End of the Mill

Here, the concentrated gold (and silver, and zinc, I would guess) would be loaded into trucks bound for the smelter.

Sketchy Skyway

This skyway, built to help seal off two parts of the complex during an out of control fire, was probably too rotten to burn by the time I saw it.

Sunday Lake Lock

An unintentional skylight makes the inside of the office glow, showing the inside of the front door and its strange lock.

Dock 2 Approach

This was taken before the top of the docks really started to rot-out; now this stretch past the crane is distinctly unsafe to cross. Still, you can’t beat the view of Dock #2 winding into the distance, where the approach is chopped-off before the yard used to extend.

Boxsprings

Artifacts from the days this was a furniture factory and warehouse.

Cables, Gangways, and Booms

The bottom of the tailings boom is rotten. In days when the dredge, floated, gangways connected it to shore, it seemed. You can see the size of the pontoons under the boat here.

Shopspace – (C)SUBSTREET

The floor in this building (now demolished) was very rotten. This picture was taken through a window from very firm ground.

Dock 4 Panorama

The top of Dock 4 was too dangerous to explore, but this panorama gives you an idea of the view (and how rotten the wood was).

Ringling Depot

The depot of Ringling is a very lonely looking building and there are many holes in its roof. There are no signs on it whatsoever.

Placer Pacer

The tailings boom is the first and last thing you see when approaching the mountaintop shipwreck.

Ogilvie’s Fez

When I first saw Ogilvie’s from the ground, I promised myself to look back when i found my way into this little pitched outcropping which seemed to have the best view of Thunder Bay I could imagine. It turns out, though, that there is no floor in that section; it is just extended machine access! Oh well. Mount McKay in the background in the last light.

Dogtown, On Prize Street

Upper Prize Street in Nevadaville earned the nickname ‘dogtown’ when a pack of dogs took over the abandoned houses.

Broken Box

On the scale of the big machine shop, the huge piles of clothing look insignificant.

Film: Frontenac Feelings

Frontenac’s shaft house is well preserved, compared to all other around it. Leica/Summilux 35/Ektar 100

Dump Two

A color study of the rotting donated clothes in the former GB&S Machine Shop.

Choir Loft

There’s no way an explorer, much less a choir, could stand here now. Since this picture was taken the roof has collapsed onto the loft.

Dogtown Chimney

It’s not a good sign when you can see the chimney through the roof.

Scuttled Skyway

Squinting from the top floor through the skyway, one can feel small, like they’re in a heavy industrial dollhouse.

Treasure Mountain Cabin

This building had the rusty remains of a few mattresses, likely used in the 1940s when this site was last occupied.