This is one of my favorite images of the year because of the color, light and textures. Someone told me once that the medium of photographers is not film or digital sensors, but rather shadows. This photo is evidence of that.
Watching the comings and goings of doctors, nurses and new patients was a mainstay of asylum routine; one can find it easy to imagine pale faces pressed against the block glass windows, staring out at the world moving past them.
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.
A stencil instructs the first and third shifts to ask security for access. Security was out during all my visits, except one mishap where a strung-out local chased me with a truck. Having spent a decade exploring the U.P., I was not caught off guard.
Mammoth Mine overlooks Central City from atop Mammoth Hill. In the distance you can make out Coeur d’Alene Mine (red), which operated from 1885 through 1940.
One of my favorite visual feature of grain elevators, especially big ones, is how they repeat.
This building was 99 years old when it was demolished for the coal mine.
I like this picture because it shows some of the only unbroken windows at Packard.
In the far back of the cellars there are some old bottles. This arch shows an old entrance to the cellars, now collapsed.
The city constructed a wall in the early 2000s to discourage visitors. Note the staircase is cut off, too.