Indianapolis’ beautiful downtown is in the distance, past the gas storage tank.
Water at the bottom of the silo was perfectly clear.
A chalkboard halfway to the headhouse is untouched since the mill closed. It still has the cheat sheets!
Sprays of water kept the muddy mixture flowing across the sluices, which filtered out gold particles from gravel and dirty.
It seemed the only way to get a view of the room was to climb above the mounds of rotting donations, now not even fit to burn.
On the left is the 1907 elevator section and its 1926 expansion is on the right. Interesting how the century-old silos seem to be faring better. Windows provided light to the underground conveyor tunnels, which were used to bring grain out of the silos by gravity.
The city constructed a wall in the early 2000s to discourage visitors. Note the staircase is cut off, too.
This mean-looking thing had a purpose, probably, but that function has been lost to decades of expansion.
One of the cupola air intakes, rattled loose by the demolition downstairs, hangs stranded on the second floor. You can see that the floor I’m standing on in this picture used to extend all the way to the right wall. The blue paint on the wall made the climb absolutely worth it.