Cupola’s Worst Days A collapsing and unstable building. Related Similar Images ...based on the tags: collapsing, power, rusty, smokestacks, trestles... Looking at the rear of the mill, through dead vines and barbed wire. If it wasn’t for the humming and crackling of the wires, I could believe I had arrived to a post apocalyptic landscape. Fly ash, kicked up by downdrafts, rise again up the smokestack that is the signature feature of the plant. It’s a steel top hat. Halfway up the coal conveyor, covered in coal dust… black streaks of snot. Starting to get good. This tunnel goes to the adit over the Eagle River Mills. I bet those carts go fast down here! An original stencil-brushed sign. 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. Although the caves deviated little in their year-round temperature, it was common to use blocks of ice to cool beer immediately before shipment. This is the ruins of the ice chute. I like this picture because it shows some of the only unbroken windows at Packard.