Elevator B, used by a local farmer, stands behind an old farm truck at the edge of town.
The bathtub fell into the basement, ala The Miller’s Tale. That’s right. Chaucer.
In the far back of the cellars there are some old bottles. This arch shows an old entrance to the cellars, now collapsed.
2005. Looking across the Mississippi from a park the night after the first snow.
This is what the complex looks like today to the bare eye. Dull, monochrome, quiet.
For reasons unknown, this building’s concrete was designed a little thinly. It reminds me of a Chicago, IL building constructed during WWI when concrete and steel were strictly rationed and many buildings went up with insufficient superstructures. I do not have a build date for this one yet.
I’m not sure, actually, whether this was an outhouse (right), but it seems likely. In any case, it was connected by a covered staircase to the Bunk House (left). The soil here was not all tailings, so there is a bit of thick grass–almost the only in sight!
Partier graffiti dates to when the caves were last open to the public; probably in the 1990s. This tunnel used to horseshoe between the brewery’s ice chute (left) and basement door (right, backfilled). Note the utility tunnel in the upper-right corner as well as the lighting brackets on the ceiling.
In the background you can see the crane, which would in the weeks to follow bring all you see here to the ground.