Gopher Ordnance Works, aka the U-Lands, is a landscape where roots and boughs break apart concrete and steel.
What looks to be a skip for repairing the dock, in the concrete steeple.
A shallow creek traces Illinois Gulch toward the Chain O’ Mines mill. Ball mills are laid out in the sun.
A tunnel connecting the two larger caves in the hill; those that Jacob vented in the rear. The vents are still extant!
In the mountainside are a number of air shafts, indicating where the tunnels traced under the rocky surface.
Worker graffiti in a stairway. If this is your birthday, you have to comment on this post!
The end of the new elevator. Line of bird droppings follow the fire sprinkler pipes and wires in the room.
Entrance to the plant. Hermes holds his iconic caduceus and a Model T. Demeter holds a tractor in a motif of wheat. A fantastic reimagining of the Greek, with an excerpt of the following quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds (18th century English painter): “Excellence is never granted to man but as the reward of labor. It argues no small strength of mind to persevere in habits of industry without the pleasure of perceiving those advances, which, like the hand of a clock, whilst they make hourly approaches to their point, yet proceed so slowly as to escape observation.”
The mill was powered, in part, by water flowing through turbines under it. After the flow worked the industrial heart of the flour mill, it was exit to the Mississippi here.