Standing where the Final Assembly Building used to hum and staring across the former site of the Sheet Metal and Spring buildings. Today, of course, the Foundry is gone as well, so you’d be looking across Prairie Ave.
Taken several years before the tornado story when the weather, and the condition of the buildings, were nice.
A custom ladder to cross conveyor belts on the work floor.
Water vapor was collected and condensed to be reused in other processes. Kodak Tri-X 400/Leica M7
Showering red-hot coke fresh from the furnaces near the Coal Tower (in the back) was the Quenching Tower’s duty (front).
A cracked sign at dock-level, where loading boats would be tied below the taconite conveyors. All across the surface of the concrete dock were taconite pellets, like slippery little marbles. One wrong step could put a worker in the water, which is a bad, bad place to be.
The building on the right was where parts not assembled onto vehicles would be set in crates for shipment.
An article from Minnpost describes this design as “marital”, and I could not agree more.
One of my favorite shots from that year, conveyor line parts stacked and hung with Postal Service bins from decades ago.
The Harrison flour mill, completed in 1897 and expanded in 1901 and 1902. The tunnel that I am standing on probably transported grain from the elevator to the mill. Medium Format.