Mills Across the Street The world’s biggest paper machine was installed here about a century before this photo was taken. The orange in the windows is the brick building across the street–the new part of the plant. Similar Images ...based on the tags: dark, dirty, pillars, windows... A single cloud makes its way to Buffington Harbor and Lake Michigan from the quiet backroads of the plant. Wide stairs between the ground, the mine shaft, and the dry house. Looking up to the second floor of the Nitrating House, where cotton would be soaked in nitric acid. These brought cotton into the building. These concrete blocks were formed to be solid mounts for machinery. All the metal was scrapped in the late 1990s, leaving these modern ruins. Seagulls love them. A small machine shop level. The turbine hall sported a beautiful Whiting gantry crane. From Main Street, looking straight up at the A Mill, only the silence makes one think that nobody’s still inside, grinding grain into Pillsbury’s Best. At the top of the elevator was a distribution room to direct the grain onto conveyor belts below. The backdrop has become the pallet for water damage and graffiti.