A door that goes to no where on a second floor
We continue our look at Calumet from a different angle. While most tourists and locals have often seen the town from the pavers along 5th street, or the wide roadway on 6th, few have ventured deeper into the village walls. Only those people who live and work along these streets know the darker side of town. While the facades are restored and beautified along the streets there is another side of Calumet. Between the buildings lies ancient alleyways, left relatively unchanged over the century. These are corridors through time, providing glimpses into the metropolis that was. Recently Explorer took a walk down these narrow streets, taking a few photos along the way.
These abandoned doorways and windows were sealed up when a building was built next door to this one. The building has subsequently been torn down, bringing these to light once again.
An old loading door to a long defunct business faces the alleyway. Most businesses received their deliveries from these alleys, and some still do.
Sometime near the turn of the century, Calumet moved its powerlines underground and others into the alleys. These glass insulators (surprisingly still intact) sit orphaned on the side of a building
At one time most of Calumet was heated by coal. Lots of old coal bin chutes can still be seen dotting the alleyways, much like this one.
An interesting tile design set into the alley floor, probably added in a recent time
Even along the dark and mostly unseen alleyways architects added some embellishments to their buildings, including this ornament on a beam.
A tall wall of brick backs the remains of an old sandstone building that had long since burned down. A small park now sits between the burned out remains.
Not actually in the alley, but viewable from it, this worn Pillsbury ad still attempts to sell some flour on the side of Shute’s Bar.