Birtle Residential School The front of the school overlooks the town of Birtle, Manitoba. It replaced a circa-1894 building which was a little farther down the hill. Related Similar Images ...based on the tags: archways, boarded-windows, broken-windows, snow... An abandoned gatehouse bearing the name of the former factory. The bricks routinely fell from the walls, like seeds falling from trees. On a smaller scale, new walls grew from the floors. The school (hospital) campus was expansive. There is a cool old air compressor in the corner of the powerhouse. A typical rail shop. The generator room was state of the art when it was installed, allowing the complex to use motors and electric lighting ahead of its competitors. This sawtooth roof collapsed months later under the weight of an early snow. Looking through the hole where a glass pane once was at the Columbus Mine ruins, just south of Animas Forks. It was quiet when I took the picture, but for the gurgle of the nearby Animas River. Looking down a manlift on the ore dock side of the elevator. It’s a belt-less belt-o-vator!