One of the older buildings on the site, this is an old power house that provided electricity to the plant. I spent some time walking around it and believe it was fired with coal gas but had a diesel backup installed later.
Unloading boats had the option to take on fuel at Taconite Harbor. This building, among other things, pumped fuel to the dock.
The steam-powered hoist that pulled ore and dropped men from the mine. Note the hydraulic-operated brake on top with its massive brake pad. Now scrapped.
On the left is a bathroom, which is why it has the wire mesh over the door; so it could be locked and still be ventilated. On the right side are small double-bed rooms, which still have their heavy wooden doors. More attractive than jail cell doors, but serving the same purpose.
I revisited the mill years after my documentary. Now it is even more destroyed and surrounded by new fences.
An alarm panel in the powerpplant, now demolished.
These wide spools sit atop the abandoned tracks that lead to the train shed, which was later repurposed into a truck shed.
Looking across at the Cargill elevator.
The railing were jealous of both the bricks and bits, and chose instead to dissolve like this.