Peering out of the porthole of the light tower, I saw the shadow of the station on the lake.
Can you imagine workers in a food plant smoking on the job today?
An experimental shaft dug in the 1950s and its Hoist House.
The copula where molten metal would pour is on the left. It seems the whole floor was covered in ash in front of it.
My favorite shot from the trip. Later in its life, the plant was converted to burn its own byproducts, but it seems this was designed as a coal hopper.
This picture gives you the idea of how the boat-loading control rooms are set up; they lean over the dock and Lake Superior to be able to see down into the holds of the boats… important, considering how quickly it loaded the boats! An uneven load could put stress on the hull of a laker, increasing the risk it will break and sink.
Beautiful details in the plaster moulding have been preserved by the sheer height of this room between the cathedral and auditorium.
This little curled yellow thing is one of the last hints that this adobe building was lived in.
Left: A medium storage chamber with access to an interconnecting steam tunnel at ceiling height. This room also has various smashed toilets. Why? Because dead toilets–all of them–always find a home in a cave. Center: Steps go past a +-intersection, left goes deeper, right goes to utility tunnels for the brewery, forward used to go to the brewery basement… it’s now backfilled. Left from the backfill is a small hallway; see ‘Backfill Self Portrait’. Center-Right: Utility tunnels tie knots between the brewery’s demolished basement and its caves. Right: Most of the storage volume is in large chambers down this causeway.