One of the machines left over in the underground magnetic separation plant.
Some small candles light one of the few surviving tunnels that once linked buildings on the campus with the steam plant. In winter, it was common for patients to be transported through these to avoid the cold, and during the Cold War these served as nuclear fallout shelters.
2010. A skyway connecting two Which tube carried the beer? I hope it’s the big one!
Looking out upon Mill City through the lens of FLOUR, highlighted in pink and low clouds. This sign has recently been converted into LED lighting.
This is part of the oldest section of factory, one that hasn’t had a roof in a long time and all usable equipment has been extracted. The machines pictured would spin sliced beets in boiling water… it was a sealed system before someone cut holes on sides of each unit.
The scale of the grain hoppers helps tell the story of how large Hamm’s was in its day.
In front of a rust-welded Illinois rotary stoker is where the boiler-men made their mark. The last year I can make out is 1985.
Early bird gets the blast furnace. You gotta love that ore yard gantry crane.
The sign that greets visitors to the ghost town of Colmor. Nothing says ‘welcome’ like birdshot.