Blue plastic siding filters the summer sun, giving the otherwise reddish-brown interior a splash of color.
These were some of the most attractive shops of all the mines in the area. It’s no wonder Hanna Mining wanted to use them as their center of operations in the Iron River district.
The grain-centric buildings had automatic fire doors.
A winding flue between the ovens for Furnace 6, capped with sketchy catwalks.
An emergency slide to help workers evacuate the blending house in an emergency.
A reminder to the manlift riders to get off the belt before they hit their heads on the ceiling. This is the top level of the headhouse, where dust collectors would extract most of the grain bits from the air to reduce risk of explosion.
In the upper left of the image you can see where the gas tanks used to be, along with the concentration equipment. Along the bottom you can also see some of the many railroad tracks coming and going from the plant–the ones visible here were incoming tracks that carried in hard coal from the eastern US.
A custom ladder to cross conveyor belts on the work floor.
An automatically closing door, in case of fire or flood in the engine compartment.