The approach to Dock 4 is long demolished, so it is only accessible when the lake freezes.
An abandoned news stand between the concourse and ticket booths. This is one of my favorite pictures from the 2000s.
Near the old slag dump there are the remains of the pouring buckets that received the molten steel from the US Steel blast furnaces, filled to the brim with pig iron. They must be incredibly heavy!
“What’s that diamond thingy on the Pilot House?” you ask? It’s a 1920s-era radio transmission direction finder, a pre-radar navigation aid. Lit with diffused flash.
There is no denying that the Fergus Falls asylum was a beautiful place, especially around sunset.
Identical warehouses seem a little newer than the rest of the plant. I suspect these were added in the mid-1950s for the Korean War, during which about 200 buildings were added to the complex.
No ambiguity here… miners, check in at this office.
Chains connected hooked baskets and lockers to hoist up clothes and helmets when they were above ground. Whether wet with sweat or dry street clothes, the system worked to unclutter lockers and maintain air circulation around subterranean uniforms.
A social club/restaurant that was likely the place to be late at night.