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The Ore Docks: 1941

The Ore Docks: 1941

August 1941. "Ore docks at Allouez, Wisconsin." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Vachon is photographing from Great Northern Dock 1. They all were originally timber but were rebuilt with concrete and steel. The exception is Dock 3, rebuilt in timber, which we can see behind the foreground dock and is now gone.

High Level Air Brakes

It is unusual to see Duluth Missabe & Iron Range ore cars, with their uniquely placed air brake connections above the couplers, being shoved onto the Great Northern docks. The DM&IR had their own docks across the bay in Duluth.

Bootstrapping

It's interesting to see all the iron that went into the dock, ships, railcars, rails and other equipment so that more iron could be produced.

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