This building had the rusty remains of a few mattresses, likely used in the 1940s when this site was last occupied.
The middle missile launcher, as seen from the roof of its neighbor.
A shallow creek traces Illinois Gulch toward the Chain O’ Mines mill. Ball mills are laid out in the sun.
The Blacksmith Shop (right) was connected to the Bunk House (left) via this narrow walkway. This is likely due to the fire risk in each building. The left building had a cooking stove and furnace for heat and the right building had a small industrial furnace to repair mining equipment. A little walkway would mean that a fire on one side would be easier to fight from the other.
A bridge crosses the main street of the village; one that goes nowhere. Ambiguity intended.
The backdrop has become the pallet for water damage and graffiti.
Water turned the taconite powder into a rusty, slippery paste… everywhere the water pooled up, doubling the beauty from certain special angles.
I wonder who boarded the family house… the EPA?
Energy conserving window plastic does no good when the doors are all open and the heat’s off.