The chapel (left) and surgical suite (straight on) move in an out of view as fog rolls up from the St. Louis River valley.
The pockmarked concrete sign of Substation #2 over the control room that faces the highway.
This corner of the building was the coal room, used to feed the two big boilers inside. The steam equipment has been replaced with electric, so this section may not have changed much in the past decades.
Some of the doors had sliding plastic windows, but most of the older ward doors simply had these peep holes drilled through them. The inside was always marked and worn more than the outside.
I’ll remember the neon glow fondly.
The original metal sign over the porticos.
The iconic outline of a prairie sentinel. Quintessential rural industrial architecture.