Steel mine hoists, near the place they worked, wait for scrap prices to justify their final removal from Osceola, Michigan.
In the middle of the foundry, an office is untouched by scrappers, legal and not. Inside, warnings and catalogs for machines that are gone, obsolete, and melted down.
Every elevator has sets of these conveyor switches. Grain comes down through the top chute and the bottom chute rotates to move the flow onto various belts around the plant by gravity. The cross belt is another switch and the bridge belt brings the flow to the other half of the elevator.
A warning sticker on the interior of a dredge once tied to the old dock.
There isn’t much left of the factory offices.
This elevator was built in 1922 and was used until the passing rails were removed in the mid-1970s.
Don’t let Mitchell Engine House run out of steam…
This peak is a little over 7,000 feet high and is a popular hiking spot. As a bulky Minnesotan who is better built for an arctic expedition, I stuck to the mesa.
One of two control towers that reached over the lake. The control panel here was used to move the conveyors over the ship’s hold doors, adjust flow of the taconite, and so on.