This is one of my favorite images of the year because of the color, light and textures. Someone told me once that the medium of photographers is not film or digital sensors, but rather shadows. This photo is evidence of that.
This volume gauge could be read from 30 feet away, which is useful when the control panels and valves are that far away.
Disabled forklift… I think it’s a Clark.
The generator room was state of the art when it was installed, allowing the complex to use motors and electric lighting ahead of its competitors.
The ‘working’ part of the furnaces are about a story above ground level, so the catwalks snake above the tree line.
Power-up to cool down… would have been nice on the hot day I climbed on top of this machine.
The dredge is divided into four levels. The top level has controls for the tailings boom and, when it was there, the bucket excavator.
The boiler doors are beautiful, and feature the name of the smelter and mine company. If you like these, check my article on the Mitchell Yards of Hibbing, MN.
These steam powered pumps were integral to the cooling of the meat packing plant next door.