Before the clouds broke, I snapped this profile of the dumping control room and its spiral staircase. These are the colors that I dream in.
The buildings were level with one another, so one could look through as many as a dozen factory floors from one window.
The parking lot is in better condition than most of the complex. The left building is the lab.
A shot of Longmont from the highway. Fuji 35mm.
Miller Creek, in one of the wider sections that features a trout (as in the fish) canal in the middle of the drain. Even though it is underground, the fish are able to visit their breeding ponds upstream by swimming through the specially designed tunnel.
The ‘working’ part of the furnaces are about a story above ground level, so the catwalks snake above the tree line.
The taller of the two smokestacks on site. Note the crack around its crown.
A look straight down into the chutes were taconite pellets would dump into the dock hoppers. Rebar was a safety measure to keep workers from being buried alive, were they to slip into the holes.
2005. This is very likely the oldest image I have on the website; I took this in the early 2000s with my first camera when I was new to the hobby. I still like it quite a lot.