The the left, the nitrating line in War City. To the right, War City’s sole suburb, Charlestown, IN.
A stencil instructs the first and third shifts to ask security for access. Security was out during all my visits, except one mishap where a strung-out local chased me with a truck. Having spent a decade exploring the U.P., I was not caught off guard.
A typical wall in the base.
…a better view of the huge tailings boom stretching outside of the tailings pond.
The stairs of this elevator had their landings removed long ago to keep vandals grounded.
Made by the Mergenthalen Linotype Company of New York, this model series (300) was introduced in 1960 and boasted a 12-line-per-minute reproduction rate.
A burned and rusted control panel in the corner of the new hoist room.
One of my favorite visual feature of grain elevators, especially big ones, is how they repeat.
The main shaft’s cable spooled with bird castings belies the fact that lives used to dangle from its steel-wound strength. Arrows on the circles would indicate the mine level the cars were currently at.