Looking past the hoist room (left) toward Shaft No. 1, behind the concrete head frame built in the late 1940s. This shaft could haul equipment from ground level (below) to shop level, where the picture was taken.
During the Cold War, the Air Force used the radar station to train bombardiers in radar-guided ordinance.
The front of the power plant (right), the distillery itself (center), and the regaling house (left).
This ornamental stair is cast iron and used to connect all floors of the Administration building. Now it connects the first and second floor, then the third and fourth floors, with a strange cinder block and drywall barrier separating the new and old sections of the building. Note the insulation on the floor to seal heat into the lower floors that were used as offices until the hospital closed. On the corners of the staircase are lions, on the corners of the suspended section of stair are down-hanging pineapples. Set in the stairs themselves are shield motifs with slate tops.
The company labs. If you can believe it, this area is even more destroyed today.
Looking at the engine house (left) from atop the stoves.
One of my favorite night views of Fort Snelling’s so-called Upper Post, taken between snowstorms.
From the catwalks below the hoisting motor in Shaft No. 1.
A typical room in the barracks, reinforced from mortars and light shelling, possibly.