The top floor of the nitrating house was full of switches and breakers for the operation below, each bearing a label and number. Nowadays everything is printed, but when INAAP was built, all these signs were painted by hand.
The most derelict of the old bonded warehouses. Note the barrel elevator on the side of it!
The main street of the ghost town is also the maintenance road for the BNSF line that bisects Colmor.
In case power was lost, this manual signal could direct trains on and off the taconite trestle. Turning the pole would change the color of the light on top and the shape of the metal flags.
The secret sweet-yet-salty center of the nameless factoryscape. Home base, tuned to rule the AC and turn out Product X at record rates, I’m sure.
Fire doors separate the buildings.
It is unclear when the ‘Superior Warehouse Company’ sign was put up, but it was likely around 1916-1917, when maps indicate it served as a dry goods warehouse, operated by Twohy-Eimon Mercantile Company. The Sivertson sign was likely added in the mid-1980s. In this image I tried to preserve the colors the bricks turn at sunset.
A diesel crane and conveyor belt tripper are the major pieces of equipment that dominate the dock.
Local kids probably call this the ‘Shootin’ Shack’, judging by its war wounds.