Last Trace of Mitchell, Minn. The last trace of Mitchell, Minnesota is a pile of cans on the side of the main street, Mitchell Avenue. These will be recognizable for another century or so, for future history-minded explorers. Related Similar Images ...based on the tags: left-behind, rusty... Part of a series I am shooting of patriotic Americana left in abandoned factories. These machines circulated water through the powder from the ball mills. Gold and silver is heavier than gravel, so it sinks while the junk rock floats. This load of lime seems to have been left right where it was loaded. A fallen branch smashed out this skylight years ago, and since then the bees have found this tiny toilet a perfect home. This is part of the hotel where employees slept. Gaskets still organized on nails beside the power plant. This used to be a maintenance room, but since its roof and walls were torn down, it’s not any kind of room. The stairs of this elevator had their landings removed long ago to keep vandals grounded. The chalkboard in the filtering plant reminds new visitors of the last day. The rear of the complex shows the more than 100 year old workhouse–still working! I do not know if the tanks are original to the 1901 elevator, but I suspect so. A rusting disconnect gangway. The smokestack is for a boiler, if I recall.