The basement of the asylum was a strange place. Take, this fireplace, for instance, in an otherwise barren room. Random cinderblock (left) has created a little room behind the fireplace. To round out the strangeness, a toilet was plumbed into the middle of the space. Note the stone foundations.
The concrete annex elevator had interesting graffiti. Much of it from the 1980s and 1990s.
The top of the headframe, and in a sense, the mine itself. This pulley carried the life line of the mine and the men in it.
As my friend Jonathan would say, “on a human scale.”
A view of the hallway outside of the auditorium.
Inside the west portal is a big liquid propane hand warmer, for workers to take the cold off their gloves as they handled the switches and doors of Cramer Tunnel. Mamiya GA645 / Kodak Pro 400
From the boarded-up choir loft above the chapel, minutes after sunrise. Obviously local kids have long had their way with this landmark.
The elevator tower seems to have been built with expansion of the dock in mind.