An abandoned news stand between the concourse and ticket booths. This is one of my favorite pictures from the 2000s.
These machines are at least 100 years old.
At the top of a skyway that brought fresh-dried cotton into the Nitrating House from the Cotton Dry House. How? Monorail, of course.
A panorama of the dock buildings, before the left one was demolished.
This door used to open at river level, but it has since been built up and sealed with a steel grate. Still, the original doors (with original paint?) stand in the same place. Once they opened to the fresh air, now they are permanently sealed in the tunnels. This is the official entrance for inspecting the mine, hence fiber optic and ladder. Shortly after the plant was demolished, this entire area was resealed and alarmed.
The slit in the left wall was where cables stretched between the mineshaft and the hoist, which was mounted here.
A broken signal light that would indicate to incoming engineers and brakemen the status of the dock deck. The streetlight-style lighting is a retrofit; originally the top of the dock would be lit by strings of lights suspended by towers on each side of the deck… a poor system according to the workers at Allouez who had the same lights.
The coal crusher (above) and the conveyor (left) to bring the powdered coal to furnace hoppers (right).
Zug Island is a US Steel plant just south of Detroit, and it really lights up the skyline.