This old Jetta did more offroading than your average lifted tinted loud-exhaust pickup.
This electric Wellman crane was added to extract coal from ships for the power plant that Erie built beside their dock. Now, with the advent of self-unloading boats, it’s been replaced by a funnel and conveyor belt.
2013. A perfect summer day meets a beautiful old roundhouse on the edge of town.
Looking through the dark door at Shaft 3, when my naked eyes could only make out a staircase lit dimly from above.
This was taken before the top of the docks really started to rot-out; now this stretch past the crane is distinctly unsafe to cross. Still, you can’t beat the view of Dock #2 winding into the distance, where the approach is chopped-off before the yard used to extend.
No matter what environmental disasters industry throws at Mother Earth, she will bounce back.
Looking toward the Quenching Tower from the coal tower platform.
From the bottom of the skyway I looked back, my eyes tracing the vines from the marsh up the smokestacks to the perfect Midwestern sky.
The whole smelter ran on gravity… elevating the various raw materials and working with them until at the bottom of the furnace, copper poured out.