Only two machines sit on the rails in the roundhouse, both oil cars. It’s not clear whether there’s anything inside either, but they have to have been placed here before 1970, when the turntable outside these numbered doors was removed.
The front of the mill reads “Montana Flour Mills Company”
The most derelict of the old bonded warehouses. Note the barrel elevator on the side of it!
Behind the barge unloader (a Webster for those grain tech nerds out here) that used to extract grain from docked boats. The ladders are fun to climb, even though they get warped and wavy in places. High in the elevator would have been a crane engine that would lift the unloader, packed with a bucket conveyor, while workers would manipulate the direction of the spout with ropes manually. The buckets would rotate, scraping and elevating the grain into the silos above. It’s a rare piece of equipment for the Great Lakes.
Camera: Voigtlander Bessa Film: Acros 100
The building on the right was where parts not assembled onto vehicles would be set in crates for shipment.
I don’t think we’re anywhere near maximum pressure anymore.
In the office at the end of the dock are two brooms. One is from the last ore train. One is from the last boat.