Terrastories has a beautiful photo essay of a defunct steel mill in Detroit, Michigan.
Jonathan Haeber and his team of urban explorers traveled from Chicago to Detroit to visit this steel mill and take photos. Haeber also had the good fortune to run into “Steel Mill Steve”, a local with vast knowledge of the mill and with numerous documents and blueprints of the place.
According to Haeber:
McLouth Steel was once America’s 11th largest producer of steel, yet it only accounted for about 1 to 2 percent of the domestic market at its height. Its importance to the industry lies in its innovations: In 1962, McLouth was the first steel plant to use computer controls; it was the first North American plant to use the basic oxygen process; most significantly, it was the first steel mill to produce a completely finished product using continuous casting
Photo Credit: Jonathan Haeber/terrastories.
See the full essay here.