Blending the explosive ingredients was dangerous. It is no wonder that the blending house had so many emergency slides.
Behind the factory was an old truck, blocked in by overgrown trees on one side and the buildings on the other.
The boiler doors are beautiful, and feature the name of the smelter and mine company. If you like these, check my article on the Mitchell Yards of Hibbing, MN.
Just across the North Dakota border, a rusty Milwaukee Road boxcar sits where it was shoved off the mainline. The grain elevator in the background marks the tracks, which is still used by BNSF.
The bottom area of the smokestacks house storage spaces. The windows of these rooms that were never completed line up perfect.
This picture gives you the idea of how the boat-loading control rooms are set up; they lean over the dock and Lake Superior to be able to see down into the holds of the boats… important, considering how quickly it loaded the boats! An uneven load could put stress on the hull of a laker, increasing the risk it will break and sink.
This is part of the oldest section of factory, one that hasn’t had a roof in a long time and all usable equipment has been extracted. The machines pictured would spin sliced beets in boiling water… it was a sealed system before someone cut holes on sides of each unit.
Chutes from a hundred machines interconnect to more machines and chutes on a dozen factory floors.