Ruins of Coke Furnaces Demolished coke furnaces. See my article on ACME Coke in Chicago to get a feeling for what this looked like before it got knocked down. Related Similar Images ...based on the tags: ruins... The quenching water was reused over and over. Shells of mixing buildings. Frontenac’s shaft house is well preserved, compared to all other around it. Leica/Summilux 35/Ektar 100 Looking through the hole where a glass pane once was at the Columbus Mine ruins, just south of Animas Forks. It was quiet when I took the picture, but for the gurgle of the nearby Animas River. A gateway for St. Louis as seen through a gateway (of sorts) in East St. Louis. The Columbus Mine overlooks its mill, which was one of the last to operate in the region, thanks to the demand for industrial metals during World War II. A damaged roof channeled rain onto the adobe walls, cutting them in half. In the distance, a preserved house and the ruins of the Colmor School. The taller of the two smokestacks on site. Note the crack around its crown. These concrete blocks were formed to be solid mounts for machinery. All the metal was scrapped in the late 1990s, leaving these modern ruins. Seagulls love them.