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.
Castle, Montana is a ghost town. Almost no signs remain that it was a mining town.
The coal crusher (above) and the conveyor (left) to bring the powdered coal to furnace hoppers (right).
The old way to get to the elevator from the mill.
This picture is perhaps the most appropriate in its visual depiction of how unstable the mill was. 1. Note the lack of stairs on the spiral staircase; they’re rusted and twisted apart, not simply cut off. 2. Notice the cracked concrete on the lower left corner; that was cracking as I was standing on it taking this photo, and don’t think there’s anything under that to begin to stop one’s fall. 3. You’re looking into an open elevator shaft; its safety cage is sliced away and wide open.
One of the pair of motors that powered this mine shaft. In the 1950s, this shaft was designated a rescue shaft, and was only maintained for emergencies. One reason that Cheratte built Shaft 3 nearby was because these motors and infrastructure did not have the capacity that the giant mine below called for.
This picture shows the challenges of moving around underground in the base.
This ruined skyway looks like it should be at ground level because of the growth, but it’s actually the second floor of the building.
The the left, the nitrating line in War City. To the right, War City’s sole suburb, Charlestown, IN.