The portal facing Taconite Harbor (at a healthy distance) is mostly closed. Some kids put bullet holes in it. Shooting down a long tunnel is extremely dangerous, and you should not do it, obviously. Mamiya 6/Portra 160
A panorama next to a long abandoned adit. The tram has seen better days.
A twin-engine crew pushes full taconite cars onto Dock 6.
East Elevation of the Depot. Ektar 100/Mamiya 6
The shaft house, where hydraulic steel doors allowed or denied entry into the mine shaft. Overhead is a light and alarm. If it sounds, the mine is being evacuated, and you best not go in and best stay the hell out of the way. Locals dump tires here, now.
For some time, Purina ran a feed service out of the elevator. Inside and outside were signs of its past presence.
An abandoned news stand between the concourse and ticket booths. This is one of my favorite pictures from the 2000s.
The license plate reads “Farm Truck”.
Somewhere there was a hoe left on the ground. Given that we had read articles about photographers being mugged around the abandoned projects, we felt it wouldn’t hurt to carry this around. I am glad we did; it made a great musical drumstick against the warped Wheeler Rec Center floor.
Pillars painted red indicated firefighting supplies. Fire was a very common enemy of early rail facilities, and many roundhouses burned down because of a combination of dry wood, hot, fire-breathing machinery and countless oil-saturated surfaces.