Looking up at the LEMP malting plant elevator. Look at that BRICKWORK!
The grand staircase with little balconies leaning over it. All the stone stairs are broken and graffiti marks every wall.
Between two brick buildings is a metal one with many windows set into it. Having been in many mills of similar design, I conjecture that this was the milling building, where machines ground the corn before it was boiled.
Looking from the powerhouse across to the old Electrical Assembly side of the plant that manufactured products like thermostats. Most of the complex is connected by skyway and tunnel systems.
A jankey ladder leads to a platform over a wooden tank. Here’s hoping my usage contributes to jankey being accepted into the dictionary! Thanks, lexicographers.
A cracked sign at dock-level, where loading boats would be tied below the taconite conveyors. All across the surface of the concrete dock were taconite pellets, like slippery little marbles. One wrong step could put a worker in the water, which is a bad, bad place to be.
In the mine offices, hooks and a board with numbers was the system to keep track of who was in the mine and who was safe.
The city has taken steps to prevent the curious and the desperate from going into the elevators, including piling rocks against the doors and windows.