A Kiva is an underground, or partly underground, chamber for ceremonies.
The UP gets a lot of snow, making exploring its old mines a special challenge in the winter. The snow is more than 6 feet deep in this picture, and firm enough to walk on.
A dead work truck rusts near an outbuilding. Everything is marked with a code. Modernity.
A gateway for St. Louis as seen through a gateway (of sorts) in East St. Louis.
From atop a concrete slap that seals the old path of Mine Shaft #3, I loop up into the hoisting room.
There is a cool old air compressor in the corner of the powerhouse.
This is an elevator to move mine car loads of sand to the surface for cleaning and eventually glass production. Below is a flooded equipment vault. In front and behind is a loop through the larger tunnels in the mine. The horizontal braces supported electric cables for the mine carts.
Behind the evaporators are heavy access hatches to inspect the steam pipes within.
The brick substation and the wooden storage shed are the last two structures from The Milwaukee Road’s operations at Loweth.