The second floor was hit by arson years ago, but it still carries the telltale features of its original design, specifically the woodwork below the roof.
The buildings were level with one another, so one could look through as many as a dozen factory floors from one window.
Cheratte lives on in the shadow of its abandoned coal mine, although most of the shops are abandoned and many of the city’s landmarks have fallen into disrepair. Like other Belgian mining towns, those who have stayed in the town have kept up their apartments, so much of the company-building duplexes and homes are in great condition.
One of a pair of poles to hold the electric lines for the streetcars entering and exiting the tunnel.
The holes were for men to poke reluctant ore with long poles, with the hope that a lucky jab would let the load slide down into the boat below. Now they’re just traps.
Shuttered windows on the side of one of the collapsing bonded warehouses.
A rusting disconnect gangway. The smokestack is for a boiler, if I recall.
Looking out from my perch close to the Kam toward the Ogilvie head house. To the left is a newer concrete annex, probably built in the years it bore the name Saskatchewan Pool 8.
The aerial tram at the Mayflower Mill gives a sense of what the Gold Prince Mill in Animas Forks once looked like. Trams connected the mill to the mines around it without the need to negotiate trees, rivers, and rough terrain.