The Midwest

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Saint Mary’s Infirmary
St. Louis, MO

Serving those who were turned away because of race and income, training generations of nurses, and now collapsing into the streets of St. Louis out of neglect. Now that raindrops freefall from the clouds above to the basements in the shadows without touching a floor, wall, bed or desk, it’s clear that this city lost an opportunity and a landmark.

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Santa Fe Grain Elevator
Chicago, IL

If there was something I didn’t think I needed more of in my life, it was grain elevators. After growing up a midwest explorer in a place with the nickname ‘Mill City’, I was tired of these concrete towers; I thought I had seen it all. Santa Fe taught me exactly how wrong I was. Climb with me 120 feet above Chicago and see why…

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Solvay Coke
Milwaukee, WI

I go step by step through the coke making process, down to the job descriptions, to illustrate the functions of the plant. I talk about the history, the racism, the ad campaigns. All you need to know about Milwaukee-Solvay Coke you can learn right here.

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Soo Line Ore Dock
Ashland, WI

“Well that’s that,” I thought, look­ing at the torch marks on the stair­case zigzag­ging across pil­lars and pipes to the deck above. Still, I made the most out of this damaged relic of Wisconsin and Michigan mining history, circling the dock over the course of three winters to collect these photos and stories.

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Studebaker Car Factory
South Bend, IN

South Bend, Indiana is a kind of graveyard that one only finds in the Rust Belt, where the headstones are blast furnaces and the only people who visit look for something left behind. Here lies Studebaker, a dead American car company.

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Sunday Lake Mine
Wakefield, MI

Mines are strange things that never appear as they are, at least not on the surface. They are powerful enough to found cities and feed families when they are young, but are very often left to be forgotten in plain sight when they retire.