The hoist signal dangling beside the modern mine shaft would ring a bell next to the giant electric motors that would send the men and machinery into the underground.
The power gauge showed… broken.
Sunrise over Mill Hell, and all of Kurth’s various skyways. The elevators in the foreground date to the mid-1920s, Electric Steel is behind and is a little earlier than that.
The old gate sign, leaned against one of the terminal elevators.
A stencil instructs the first and third shifts to ask security for access. Security was out during all my visits, except one mishap where a strung-out local chased me with a truck. Having spent a decade exploring the U.P., I was not caught off guard.
I couldn’t help but include this ghost sign for a demolished motel…
Little has changed inside the mill, but since it was built in 1916, many tanks and ancillary buildings have popped up around it.
This is the crane that would be used to lower extra-heavy bits of copper ore into the fire of the furnace.
2005. Looking at the brewhouse from the top of the staircase the goes to the tunnels.