In front of a rust-welded Illinois rotary stoker is where the boiler-men made their mark. The last year I can make out is 1985.
Mold creeps up the walls of the offices that housed the Closing Team of the TCRC – Twin Cities Research Center – as water damage pulls ceiling tiles down.
Did you leave in a hurry?
This was a living space for the keepers during storms, when it was too dangerous to return to the houses on the point.
The flour mill’s interior is really just a system of steel and rubber tubes that crush flour over and over in the gap. This mill was never run off of water power directly, but it used to generate power using the river.
The only thing that signals that this was an office building, rather than another production floor, is the small amount of wood paneling that remains.
Here, the concentrated gold (and silver, and zinc, I would guess) would be loaded into trucks bound for the smelter.
No ambiguity here… miners, check in at this office.
Much of the milling equipment predated the mill itself, so I would not be surprised if this particular machine really dates to 1860.