The layout and design of the buildings reminded me strongly of a brewery or distillery. To the right you can see some of the retrofits by the first lumber company to buy the buildings, in the 1970s.
The city constructed a wall in the early 2000s to discourage visitors. Note the staircase is cut off, too.
The fresh snow makes the whole complex look a lot cleaner than it actually is.
This gives you a sense for what it looks like to stand on the roof of the main production building at sunset.
Taken from atop a grain train at the end of Cargill B-2, looking toward Lake Superior “I”, now part of the sample complex. This area used to have another slip, but Cargill filled it on when it built the elevator on the right.
This wide skyway connected two of the inner factory buildings, where parts would have to be transported to keep the operation moving, which is why it is much wider than other bridges in the plant.
Shortly after the former delivery wagon shed was arsoned in 2005. A turning point in the story of Hamms’ abandonment.
An abandoned gatehouse bearing the name of the former factory.