The fresh snow makes the whole complex look a lot cleaner than it actually is.
Before Portland-Huron Cement’s Duluth Plant was (mostly) demolished and (partly) turned into a hotel, the top of its silos gave a cinematic view of elevator row.
The approach to Dock 4 is long demolished, so it is only accessible when the lake freezes.
Looking toward Fort William (Western) Elevator from the top of Superior Elevator. Fort William is bordered on the south and east by this wide, winding railyard. Note the pretty and quaint brick offices of the Western.
This sea leg was installed to unload grain boats. It’s pretty much a big bucket elevator that can be moved and lowered into waiting boats.
In the background you can see the crane, which would in the weeks to follow bring all you see here to the ground.
The control room floats above the top of the dock atop a spiral staircase.
2005. Looking across the Mississippi from a park the night after the first snow.
The two antennae are retracted–the position they would be in if the base was under attack.