Because painted signs would not hold up in this spot–in between four ovens that were literally hot enough to melt steel inside. Solution: Cut the pipe labels into the sheet metal. Seems to have worked.
A dead work truck rusts near an outbuilding. Everything is marked with a code. Modernity.
This picture is perhaps the most appropriate in its visual depiction of how unstable the mill was. 1. Note the lack of stairs on the spiral staircase; they’re rusted and twisted apart, not simply cut off. 2. Notice the cracked concrete on the lower left corner; that was cracking as I was standing on it taking this photo, and don’t think there’s anything under that to begin to stop one’s fall. 3. You’re looking into an open elevator shaft; its safety cage is sliced away and wide open.
Under the monster and its teeth.
The shed in the front was full of worker supplies–namely goggles and heavy leather gloves. Molten copper isn’t a friendly thing to handle.
The Calumet Elevator offices used to be flanked on both sides by rails. Now, only one side has engines running on it.
A closeup of the now-scrapped steel chute.
Asbestos-cord-wrapped glass tongs piled in a shed next to the pouring line.
A switch for the yard engines, now on the edge of the property where nobody will find it.
Part of the back of the distribution boards; the rear of a giant remote transformer switch.