Looking toward Fort William (Western) Elevator from the top of Superior Elevator. Fort William is bordered on the south and east by this wide, winding railyard. Note the pretty and quaint brick offices of the Western.
The fresh snow makes the whole complex look a lot cleaner than it actually is.
Squinting from the top floor through the skyway, one can feel small, like they’re in a heavy industrial dollhouse.
Mill Hell before the University of Minnesota began developing the area. Now many of the buildings are gone, there are new roads and even bike paths.
A panorama showing the biggest building in Gilman—unless you count the massive mine below as a structure.
It was obvious which parts of the hospital were the newest, by their relative utter self destruction. It’s comforting to the Cubical Dwellers, I think, to know that as soon as the power and plumbing are disconnected that all hell will break loose and dismantle their suspended ceilings, drywall boxes and fluorescent suns in no time at all.
I love the texture of the rust through the decaying yellow paint.
Looking across the ruin-strewn brownfield left from ACME’s operation and demolition.
This sign was important when trains ran the length of the elevator.
Every elevator has sets of these conveyor switches. Grain comes down through the top chute and the bottom chute rotates to move the flow onto various belts around the plant by gravity. The cross belt is another switch and the bridge belt brings the flow to the other half of the elevator.