One of the principal businesses in McConnell was a farm implement and lumber store. This is too new to have been bought there, but I like that it’s still on the edge of town. It’s more comfortable than the emptiness beyond, that used to be a little prairie town.
The old way to get to the elevator from the mill.
A sharp turn in the coatings department twists the steel out of sight.
Looking at Carrie from the place where the molten steel would be cast
The grain-centric buildings had automatic fire doors.
The rear of the complex shows the more than 100 year old workhouse–still working! I do not know if the tanks are original to the 1901 elevator, but I suspect so.
The boiler doors are beautiful, and feature the name of the smelter and mine company. If you like these, check my article on the Mitchell Yards of Hibbing, MN.
I don’t think we’re anywhere near maximum pressure anymore.
A tunnel connecting the two larger caves in the hill; those that Jacob vented in the rear. The vents are still extant!