Tool Shed

Across the storage tracks from the bleach plant at International Paper, the mechanic’s toolshed stood as one of the original structures from when the plant was first built. For years the building was blasted by winter gales that blew down the Niagara River from Lake Erie, tremors from the kicking of freight cars just feet away cracked and flaked the mortar and bricks, and window panes rattled in their frames. The rotting and frail roof eventually caved in under the weight of a heavy snow load a couple of years after this shot was taken. The company wasn’t too concerned, though. The writing was on the wall and whole factory would soon be shut down under pressure from the state to clean up the pollution in the Niagara River.


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