This tunnel goes to the adit over the Eagle River Mills. I bet those carts go fast down here!
The old mill (right) and power plant (left) with the new mill behind them.
“Crunch, crunch, crunch,” said the ground. “I know,” I replied.
A steel powder keg serves as a door prop on the static-proof wood core floor. Note the ‘XXX’ marking to the left of the double door.
The steam-powered hoist that pulled ore and dropped men from the mine. Note the hydraulic-operated brake on top with its massive brake pad. Now scrapped.
On the dark side of the workhouse at sunset, you can almost see where the walls used to be. Kodak Portra 160/Mamiya 6.
The newer tunnels were fitted with these fluorescent lights, although some skylights (block glass embedded in skywalks) let in some natural light during the day.
Note the rails in the floor that guided cars to the coating line, the side of which is lined with the windows in the center of the image.
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.