The texture of the cracking poured concrete ore pocket is somewhere between stone and driftwood.
The American Victory next to M, seen late at night.
Candy jar molds, in the far corner of the paint shop.
Note the tiled floor between the bucket conveyors and an old mill.
Two signatures complement this gorgeous hand-painted sign. ‘Bowers’ from 1987 and ‘Normal’ from 1982. The blocking on the letters is still visible!
In front of a rust-welded Illinois rotary stoker is where the boiler-men made their mark. The last year I can make out is 1985.
Where workers’ pay would be doled out and collected.
With the maintenance door open you can see the buckets on in the vertical conveyor.
From the slip where grain boats would tie for loading and unloading, the unloader juts in a modernist-architectural way that is oddly visibly satisfying. Inside that white building is the retracted boat unloader, more or less a long and sturdy conveyor attached to a joint and crane motor. There used to be four loaders that looked like simple tubes with cranes and ropes attached hanging from this side of the elevator. All that remains of those is one fixture on the white building (not visible here) and the frame of one on the elevator proper, visible in the upper-middle of this image, to the right of the unloader apparatus.