2005. Looking across the Mississippi from a park the night after the first snow.
The basement of the asylum was a strange place. Take, this fireplace, for instance, in an otherwise barren room. Random cinderblock (left) has created a little room behind the fireplace. To round out the strangeness, a toilet was plumbed into the middle of the space. Note the stone foundations.
These ceramic bricks were likely from the fireproof tunnel that connected the elevators.
Without a roof, the bricks were being washed away in the later years of the roundhouse.
This is what I believe to be the Masonic Cottage, where infected Freemasons would be treated together and enjoy some simple luxuries because of their social connections. Freemasonry is still popular in North Dakota.
The crane on Dock 2, as seen from Dock 4 right after sunset. Notice the old light tower is warped.
In the many-windowed metal building, the lumberyard buildings and the abandoned starch works buildings are separated by a thick wall of pallets.
More than half a century of plans rot in the shadows, seemingly useless.
This is what it might have looked like if a new Ford descended in the elevator with its headlights on. As seen from the Mississippi side–the opposite portal faces the sand mine.