From the slip where grain boats would tie for loading and unloading, the unloader juts in a modernist-architectural way that is oddly visibly satisfying. Inside that white building is the retracted boat unloader, more or less a long and sturdy conveyor attached to a joint and crane motor. There used to be four loaders that looked like simple tubes with cranes and ropes attached hanging from this side of the elevator. All that remains of those is one fixture on the white building (not visible here) and the frame of one on the elevator proper, visible in the upper-middle of this image, to the right of the unloader apparatus.
No wonder the factory shut down; everyone was scheduled to work 9 to 5 and the clock’s broken! (In all seriousness, this is/used to be a beautiful timepiece, especially for a utilitarian factory like this.
The top of Dock 4 was too dangerous to explore, but this panorama gives you an idea of the view (and how rotten the wood was).
One of my favorite visual feature of grain elevators, especially big ones, is how they repeat.
A gateway for St. Louis as seen through a gateway (of sorts) in East St. Louis.
An industrial cart next to an inspection point on the evaporator floor.
I love when moss grows indoors… one of the little pleasures of exploring abandonments.
Spots of yellow gravel mark gold mines with nothing left on the surface. Is this one of the drainage pipes?
The roof was in bad shape, but too beautiful to avoid. This is the spot were I used to study medieval Latin.