Gopher Ordnance Works, aka the U-Lands, is a landscape where roots and boughs break apart concrete and steel.
From a distance (here, Union Yards), you can still see ARMOUR spelled out on the smokestack in white brick.
What you see is not a crack in the floor, but a long vine extending ten feet onto the shop floor, as if reaching in to escape the wind and rain.
The individual ovens are skinny to allow even and fast heating of the whole interior. Numbers are cut into signs because no paint could withstand the heat or corrosive emissions from the coking process.
The cupola–the space above the silos–is surprisingly original. The building was too unstable for anyone to scrap it out. Seriously, the floor is a deathtrap.
The mine was built with stone, wood, and steel. It’s in good condition.
Broken skyways in the sand casting house, where everything was utterly fire-resistant.
The former BESCO building in the last light of day.
The steel sea leg is so heavy it requires a huge counterweight that travels the height of the elevator.