Casting floor next to one of the furnaces.
Furnaces and adjacent buildings.
Snail Shell Harbor with limestone bluffs mined for use in the blast furnaces.
Town from across the harbor.
The "Doctor's House".
Fayette was an iron company town on the garden peninsula of northern Michigan. Its entire purpose was the production of charcoal-smelted iron. Changes in technology and the market made the facility obsolete by the end of the nineteenth century. Some parts, like the hotel, remained in use on and off until being abandoned. The site was eventually acquired by the state and made into a state park.
Found this old roll of 126 format film. Must have been the early '70s. You can see from this the amount of restoration work done on the furnace building.
All images and text Copyright Dale Austin, 1962-2008