This photo illustrates how vertical the complex is.
Looking out of the “back door”, where equipment could be lifted into the factory with a crane. The bottom of the coal conveyor can be seen outside.
In the corner of the former school grounds…
Below Grand Army Mine is Gold Collar. A ‘collar’ is the braced section around the portal of a mine shaft.
This elevator was built in 1922 and was used until the passing rails were removed in the mid-1970s.
Wyoming has Montana’s ‘big sky’ reputation truly challenged.
Hiking into the ghost town with enough gear to live there for a few days, if we wanted.
The mark of a long producing mine is these racks of thousands of core samples, stored next to the capped mine shaft.
Taken from the arm of the pocket loader–note the tree growing out of the conveyor belt. Often where you see old piles of taconite, trees are springing up. The byproducts of the pelletization process break down and make a really fertile mix, especially with all the iron content!