The view from the larry, looking out at the overgrowing coke oven top. Papers listed the order of the charges for each oven, noting the sticky doors and persistent leaks. Emergency respirators and rescue gear was stored close, as long exposure to emissions from the rusty hatches could make worker pass out on the top of the ovens.
Wind blew taconite dust against the walls of these suspended control room, making even the glass appear to rust.
Small stained panes and orange brick. I had no idea when I took this picture that the colored glass would turn the insides of the mill into a bright aquamarine. It was a beautiful intersection of nature and industry, in the most unintended way.
The office building was fancy compared to the utilitarian factory behind it. My favorite part was the logo crown.
A familiar scene in Control Tower B, though the microphone has not been used for years.
Dust explosions were a real risk for grain mills. These funnels helped to filter the air in the mill.
This wide skyway connected two of the inner factory buildings, where parts would have to be transported to keep the operation moving, which is why it is much wider than other bridges in the plant.
This bedroom built for a tuberculosis patient has been converted into a safe room.
“It must have been beautiful once.” “Yeah, especially in the winter.”