Generations of Two Harbors teens smoked their first weed in this abandoned building, in my estimation. Comment if I’m right!
The last bay was extended to fit the extra long 3-unit electric locomotives of the 1930s.
This ornamental stair is cast iron and used to connect all floors of the Administration building. Now it connects the first and second floor, then the third and fourth floors, with a strange cinder block and drywall barrier separating the new and old sections of the building. Note the insulation on the floor to seal heat into the lower floors that were used as offices until the hospital closed. On the corners of the staircase are lions, on the corners of the suspended section of stair are down-hanging pineapples. Set in the stairs themselves are shield motifs with slate tops.
This gives you a sense for what it looks like to stand on the roof of the main production building at sunset.
Looking toward a void–formerly a hallway to the mineshaft–now a hole in the ground.
Showering red-hot coke fresh from the furnaces near the Coal Tower (in the back) was the Quenching Tower’s duty (front).
Winter skies over Allouez Bay. From a distance, it looks almost fragile.
Gold, which has a relatively high mass, would drop through the slats of the sluice boxes as the water flowed over them. Around the dredge were a half dozen radiator pipes to keep the water flowing through the machines.
This room on the top floor of one of the oldest buildings has seemingly not changed since it was adapted for employee use. Some sections of the hospital were adapted for staff to live in. Paying Patient Ward–where capable patients were separated from wards of the state.