One night, I camped behind the sugar mill. You can tell be the clouds that a cold front was moving out—it was a hot day.
Looking at the concrete headframe from street level. Acros 100 in Pentax 67
Taken several years before the tornado story when the weather, and the condition of the buildings, were nice.
From bottom to top: The demolished Dock 3, the abandoned Dock 4, and the active BNSF Taconite Dock.
This is an elevator to move mine car loads of sand to the surface for cleaning and eventually glass production. Below is a flooded equipment vault. In front and behind is a loop through the larger tunnels in the mine. The horizontal braces supported electric cables for the mine carts.
Standing next to the now-demolished records room.
The layout and design of the buildings reminded me strongly of a brewery or distillery. To the right you can see some of the retrofits by the first lumber company to buy the buildings, in the 1970s.
The tailings boom is the first and last thing you see when approaching the mountaintop shipwreck.
Just across the North Dakota border, a rusty Milwaukee Road boxcar sits where it was shoved off the mainline. The grain elevator in the background marks the tracks, which is still used by BNSF.