This is what I believe to be the Masonic Cottage, where infected Freemasons would be treated together and enjoy some simple luxuries because of their social connections. Freemasonry is still popular in North Dakota.
The approach to Dock 4 is long demolished, so it is only accessible when the lake freezes.
The old boilers of the steam plant have been mostly gutted to remove loose asbestos.
This is a great example of a combination rock house; the silos below used to fill trains with ore dropped from mine cars pulled to the top of the structure.
An old handcart sits next to a rotting elevator.
Two windows above the slate Grand Staircase reflect let a little blue sky skip off the black.
After crushing, these machines would float lighter material to the surface of the water, where it would be skimmed and discarded. Gold and silver laden stone would sink to the bottom, where it was collected for the next stage of processing. Leica/Summilux 35/Ektar 100
A staircase threads between the top floor and the sluices, which are in the middle of the dredge-mill.
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.