The ‘working’ part of the furnaces are about a story above ground level, so the catwalks snake above the tree line.
Interlocking bricks at the mouth of the stoker-less boiler.
Looking from the crane-motor catwalk into the Calumet. The arm shown here with the pulleys looped through it would have been lowered and the bucket conveyor in it would throw grain to waiting ships and boats bound for flour mills and foreign lands.
This is one of my favorite images of the year because of the color, light and textures. Someone told me once that the medium of photographers is not film or digital sensors, but rather shadows. This photo is evidence of that.
From an unsteady perch atop the blast furnace, the morning light began to leach into the complex below.
The pilot house, lit with the lights of Superior.
This is a 1956 furnace. It was used to forge wheels, casings, and parts for the axel shop.
The fantastic red elevator that is Pool #61, built 1928.
Part of the 1917 mill that had a little bit of roof left over it–most of this building was open to the sky. The birds loved it, but everything metal was quickly becoming too unstable to walk on.