This is what the mine shops look like from the road between Gaastra, MI and Rogers Location (formerly Bates, MI). The community was renamed for the mine, probably under the heavy influence of M.A. Hanna.
Partier graffiti dates to when the caves were last open to the public; probably in the 1990s. This tunnel used to horseshoe between the brewery’s ice chute (left) and basement door (right, backfilled). Note the utility tunnel in the upper-right corner as well as the lighting brackets on the ceiling.
While the last of the Studebaker production buildings were being demolished, I visited again. Here’s a shot taken shortly after the demolition crew left for the day.
I never knew that all those elementary school balance bar exercises were for a very serious purpose: not falling to one’s death in the event they uncover lost Chicago history.
While the stokers are gone, the pipes bringing pulverized coal down were left.
A 15-frame long exposure panorama, taken shortly before power to the complex was cut.
This dock goes between loading bays (see glass brick walls) and the railroad.
Looking at the concrete headframe from street level. Acros 100 in Pentax 67
The top of the docks are so rotten in places that you can see the lake through the boards. In the foreground you can see the controls for the chutes, which work on a clutch.
One of the old cooperage buildings is largely unchanged from when it was built. The raised section of the building houses a crane.