Windows provided the 250-some workers with fresh air and light, and helped to keep flour dust from building up in the air, helping to prevent explosions. Today, machines control air flow better without windows, so they were bricked.
Standing next to the now-demolished records room.
Cages and hooks to dry wet miner clothes.
Blue plastic siding filters the summer sun, giving the otherwise reddish-brown interior a splash of color.
Look at the floor–do you see the hole? That goes down a lonnnnnng ways.
I included this image to illustrate the height of the headgrame and the distance between it and the hoist house. Of course, compared with the depth of the mine shaft, this distance is short.
Beside the half-demolished Thunder Bay Elevator shops and offices (brick building) are some rusting fishing boats. A little bit of SWP #7 is seen in the upper right.
The hole in the floor, I like to joke, is a not-so-sneaky trap for the photographers creeping to get a close-up of the amazing peeling paint. I somehow escaped this snare, however, to warn the rest… perhaps you.
The dredge is divided into four levels. The top level has controls for the tailings boom and, when it was there, the bucket excavator.