I revisited the mill years after my documentary. Now it is even more destroyed and surrounded by new fences.
The basements of the barracks were often stone and brick, and many of them were connected by short tunnels.
Looking out upon Mill City through the lens of FLOUR, highlighted in pink and low clouds. This sign has recently been converted into LED lighting.
The corner of the original buildings still carry the Lemp logo!
The Sivertson’s sign seems like from a different time. I’ve never seen it lit, but I bet it’s beautiful.
Many of the higher floors were more or less demolished–usually more. These would have been condos had ‘The Arcade’ project come to fruition. Now there are simply wide open floors punctuated only by pillars and meaningless hallways.
A broken-down wooden grain chute.
The roof of the elevator was partly lit naturally with six big skylights. The less electricity pumped into a grain elevator, the less chance of a grain dust explosion.
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.