A diesel crane and conveyor belt tripper are the major pieces of equipment that dominate the dock.
Wagons and horses were kept in the building on the left, separate from the rest of the complex in case of fire. In the distance is the boiler house, separate for the same reason.
When I revisited the mine in 2013, the hoists were scrapped and sitting by the road.
Parrish and Heimbecker (front) Davidson & Smith-AU-S (middle) Government (back)
Looking out of the top of the grain tower at Duluth.
Looking out of one of the biggest houses in Animas Forks toward the rest of the residential district. It is hard to imagine the life the people here lived, for those that stayed the winter.
Fake Fact: The term ‘stovetop hat’ was coined by Island Station’s architect while trying to explain why he wanted to put the steel chimney on the station. ‘Live Here’ was part of the advertising when the building was host to artist lofts. They weren’t kidding.
While the stokers are gone, the pipes bringing pulverized coal down were left.
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.