This country has many examples of boom and bust towns. Calumet boomed large under a vision by the man who ran the mines. Like a town where I used to live; Galveston, Texas, some older buildings need regular maintenance to survive. Calumet's economy is not the same os the boom days and some buildings are in neglect.
|Click any picture to enlarge. This bakery looked open and inviting but peering in the windows, it has not been open in some time. Too many idle buildings in a town dim the prospect of recovery.|
|Look out the window and see the sky. Look in the window and see the sky.|
|You can see in the depth of the window casings how thick these rock walls are.|
|Many alleyways bear the signs that more buildings used to be here.|
|This building looks to be partially used.|
|Saw a historical photo where the train station was very busy with people going about|
|Each year, each winter will exact more of a toll on this building|
|More signs of missing buildings|
|This one is for sale. $39, 000.|
|Long of junk inside. Repairs would be extensive.|
|You would first have to start with running the milk/vodka vagrants off from the recessed doorways.|
|Missing window. Looks like someone has been hanging out inside.|
There was a historical building called The Italian Hall. It got to the point where it needed structural repairs. The city and citizens debated about the cost to repair it: $100K _ 150K. The city finally put it under the wrecking ball and soon after asked themselves, "Why did we do that?"
|The Building was so historical that Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it.|
|Site of the Old Italian Hall.|
The area is now considered an historical district and that may offer future hope.