Each room is painted a different hue, so the light reflecting into the hallway carries those colors. The blue padding on the left is for one of the padded rooms…
The metallic arms of the missile erector, which would stand rockets over the blast pit in the launch position. Medium Format film–cheap but excellent Fomapan 100 in a Pentax 67.
Before the clouds broke, I snapped this profile of the dumping control room and its spiral staircase. These are the colors that I dream in.
Looking at The Windy City from the top of the coal tower. The pond you see is the former ACME Coke coal yard.
Behind the barge unloader (a Webster for those grain tech nerds out here) that used to extract grain from docked boats. The ladders are fun to climb, even though they get warped and wavy in places. High in the elevator would have been a crane engine that would lift the unloader, packed with a bucket conveyor, while workers would manipulate the direction of the spout with ropes manually. The buckets would rotate, scraping and elevating the grain into the silos above. It’s a rare piece of equipment for the Great Lakes.
Here you can see the end of the scrapping phase in 2011.
These dump cars moved copper ore to the top of the furnaces… it’s about two stories above ground level.
Minnesota Power’s Taconite Harbor power station, as seen through the ship loading control room windows.
Taken before the Ford was towed to Duluth for scrapping.