Note the really old carvings in the mineral-stained sandstone on the walls and ceiling. This little cave was walled-off on one end, making me wonder what the area was for. Lighting is a set of three candles and two LED flashlights and a cigarette.
Early bird catches the shadow of Battle Mountain blaring across the ghost town.
This picture shows the challenges of moving around underground in the base.
Two charmers, I’m sure. This area was a coal pit for the nearby power plant.
A typical large mine tunnel. You can just make out the narrow gauge rail.
The portal facing Taconite Harbor (at a healthy distance) is mostly closed. Some kids put bullet holes in it. Shooting down a long tunnel is extremely dangerous, and you should not do it, obviously. Mamiya 6/Portra 160
One of the pair of motors that powered this mine shaft. In the 1950s, this shaft was designated a rescue shaft, and was only maintained for emergencies. One reason that Cheratte built Shaft 3 nearby was because these motors and infrastructure did not have the capacity that the giant mine below called for.
This tunnel goes to the adit over the Eagle River Mills. I bet those carts go fast down here!
The city constructed a wall in the early 2000s to discourage visitors. Note the staircase is cut off, too.