There are 700 of these storage bunkers. Their design was to funnel explosions upward, rather than toward other buildings, to minimize secondary explosions.
The small door leads to the offices, the large door leads to the shop. My back at this time is to the corrugated steel wall. At the time I wondered why there was just one steel wall, not knowing that 40 years before there was another spot for an engine here. This section of the roundhouse has become a sort of town dump–car seats, cans of paint and tires are piled into its corners.
If you look close you can see a figure on the water tower.
The front of the mill reads “Montana Flour Mills Company”
Frontier Gas is a former (?) gas station chain. Chain O’ mines reused a scrapped sign to mark their mill. Under the paint you can barely make out: GLORY HOLE GOLD MILL.
The sign room with glass letters, words, and numbers.
Looking at The Windy City from the top of the coal tower. The pond you see is the former ACME Coke coal yard.
A photo from the early 2000s before the conveyors were scrapped.