It has been a very fun August! Besides the weddings I shot this month (loved 'em!), Jess and I actually had a week of vacation (and celebrated my birthday on that trip)! We spent our week in the Ashland/Bayfield area and it was great. I've got a lot of photos to process and get up yet I didn't want to wait until they were all completed. I wanted to get something up sooner, so here's the first set.
These photos are from the Soo Line ore dock in Ashland. Built in 1915, it became the largest ore dock in the country, at one point having a capacity 110,000 TONS of ore – that's a heavy load (insert groan here…). Anyway – the rail cars would bring the iron ore out to the dock where it would be shoveled onto huge boats to be shipped off to Chicago and the like. It's falling down now and they've decided to take it down. Luckily for us, some endangered birds nested there and kept it around long enough for us to see it before they start dismantling it. They fenced off more sections while were there, in prep for demolition, which they estimate will take about 1.5 years.