The elevator works on gravity… this is where a conveyor belt was to move the grain toward the main elevator to be loaded into ships.
A cracked sign at dock-level, where loading boats would be tied below the taconite conveyors. All across the surface of the concrete dock were taconite pellets, like slippery little marbles. One wrong step could put a worker in the water, which is a bad, bad place to be.
Was the last job of this hook to lift the remaining equipment out of the hoist hall? The control boards, giant electric motors and transformers?
The working end of the blast furnace, where molten metal would flow like lava out of the furnace… a process called ‘tapping’.
Carter Color used to occupy this block.
Here you can see the end of the scrapping phase in 2011.
Demolition following the arson of the Administration Building.
An auxiliary crane in the corner of the foundry room.
From bottom to top: The demolished Dock 3, the abandoned Dock 4, and the active BNSF Taconite Dock.