Grain Elevators of
The Mill City
Minneapolis, MN

Conclusion & Gallery

Go For a Walk

Workers in the basement tunnels had to communicate with the workhouse operators 100 feet above and vice versa. Alarms and bells were installed to signal trouble over the sound of the elevator machinery.
Workers in the basement tunnels had to communicate with the workhouse operators 100 feet above and vice versa. Alarms and bells were installed to signal trouble over the sound of the elevator machinery.

I have been wandering around the elevators since 2005, when it was decidedly less safe than today. Because the property inside is a mash of public and private and there are few proper signs indicating the former, Mill Hell is still fair game to walk around legally. Police patrol the area often, making sure the curious and the bored do not get over zealous, but they generally do not mind when people stroll through.

I recommend it.

This is not a complete review of the elevators in this area, but to my knowledge the most complete and up to date online. There are some factories I did not include because of the focus on elevators, but I hope to add sections someday on those as well.

2017 Update: Electric Steel and Kurth are demolished, now.

Combined Gallery

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