I was squatting overnight in one of the buildings and woke up with the sunrise. This is what I woke up to.
Not a wisp of smoke can be seen today.
A collapsing and unstable building.
Where the trees are sprouting–below the skyways and criss-crossing pipes–are two sets of railroad tracks that turned through this narrow alleyway through the middle of the production line to drop off raw materials and pick up finished product.
Scanned after being recovered from the bottom of an old wooden box for a few years. Circa 2005. The only photo I have showing the steam locomotive out front.
Now, to add a human scale.
Showering red-hot coke fresh from the furnaces near the Coal Tower (in the back) was the Quenching Tower’s duty (front).
The parking lot is in better condition than most of the complex. The left building is the lab.
A midwestern jungle surrounds the meat packing plant.