Scanned after being recovered from the bottom of an old wooden box for a few years. Circa 2005.
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.
To get more light into the wards, the building was narrow and had angular rooms, often staff space, perpendicular to the main hallway.
Much of the milling equipment predated the mill itself, so I would not be surprised if this particular machine really dates to 1860.
A look straight down into the chutes were taconite pellets would dump into the dock hoppers. Rebar was a safety measure to keep workers from being buried alive, were they to slip into the holes.
The great stenciled number on this chute caught my eye.
It is unclear whether this area was for coal dumping or ore dumping, though the huge dents in the steel plating suggests the latter.
Much of the signage in the mill was hand-drawn.
I like to think of this as a giant straw, through which the factory is slowly draining the earth, leaving nothing but reinforced concrete below…