Castle, Montana is a ghost town. Almost no signs remain that it was a mining town.
A ‘Hot Metal Car’ that would transport molten steel across the ‘Hot Metal Bridge’ from the furnaces to the mills.
The elevator works on gravity… this is where a conveyor belt was to move the grain toward the main elevator to be loaded into ships.
Looking across the ruined skyway that connects the two elevators. I wanted to walk across it, but my exploring parter held me back.
The right portal used to go straight into the basement of the hotel, judging from the ruins.
Standing on the fence barricade that used to keep squatters out of the tunnel, the size of the space is impressive. What you see here is the current length of the tunnel; I set up a flashlight at the end to illuminate the concrete wall that is the lower portal.
A truck loading dock for raw materials. Looking at the concrete, you can sort of tell where the rails used to run.
The walkway to the end of the dock is elevated, so one walks above the trees and bushes growing in the rotting taconite pellets that have collected over the years.
The first 800 or so feet of the tunnel is finished with reinforced concrete. The test is raw stone. This is the spot where it switches. Side note: nailing this shot on film is one of my proudest light-painted moments.