Taken from the arm of the pocket loader–note the tree growing out of the conveyor belt. Often where you see old piles of taconite, trees are springing up. The byproducts of the pelletization process break down and make a really fertile mix, especially with all the iron content!
Fly ash, kicked up by downdrafts, rise again up the smokestack that is the signature feature of the plant. It’s a steel top hat.
1950s safety posters about static and proper footware hide in remote offices, where the curious haven’t stolen them… yet.
Much of the signage in the mill was hand-drawn.
Before the clouds broke, I snapped this profile of the dumping control room and its spiral staircase. These are the colors that I dream in.
One of a few rolling workbenches to keep the thousands of pulleys, cogs, and belts working properly.
Artifacts from the days this was a furniture factory and warehouse.
A bumper sticker with the usual tagline. Note the detail on the radiator!
The building collapsed except for the back room. The slats of the roof cast lines of light across the floor.