I am not sure, but I think this section was a storehouse; it has two ramps that connect the rail yard outside and the blacksmith shop. On all of the historic doors that face that part of the yard, signs caution workers to look out for cars…
I’m not sure, actually, whether this was an outhouse (right), but it seems likely. In any case, it was connected by a covered staircase to the Bunk House (left). The soil here was not all tailings, so there is a bit of thick grass–almost the only in sight!
Those able to work would be compelled to help fix up the facility, grow, harvest, and prepare food for fellow ‘inmates’, or work on vocational skills.
Timbers overlap where mine cars plunged, a strange wooden fence traced the center of the beams.
A snapshot showing the staircase and catwalks in the middle of the boiler room.
A midwestern jungle surrounds the meat packing plant.
An abandoned news stand between the concourse and ticket booths. This is one of my favorite pictures from the 2000s.
The roof was in bad shape, but too beautiful to avoid. This is the spot were I used to study medieval Latin.
In case power was lost, this manual signal could direct trains on and off the taconite trestle. Turning the pole would change the color of the light on top and the shape of the metal flags.