The working end of the blast furnace, where molten metal would flow like lava out of the furnace… a process called ‘tapping’.
As the Barker steamed past the dock and island, the sunset casts the shadow of the Taconite Harbor receiving trestle on the boat. Through the fog, you can see some of the islands that were joined into a breakwater.
Taken just after the sun set over Duluth. Don’t you love that green glow?
An experimental shaft dug in the 1950s and its Hoist House.
A divot to let more light and air into the building.
Dirty filters for some equipment hang, awaiting a purpose.
The roof had structures bigger than most buildings in South Bend.
Sunbeams under the sintering belt. Support cradles for the wires crossing the factory are falling down.
The layout and design of the buildings reminded me strongly of a brewery or distillery. To the right you can see some of the retrofits by the first lumber company to buy the buildings, in the 1970s.