Inside the Bunge Grain Elevator, Part 2

If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, I’d suggest checking that out first. It’ll give you a little background on the location.

The first floor of the Bunge Grain Elevator. The first couple floors are dark because they're boarded and welded up pretty well.

The first floor of the Bunge Grain Elevator. The first couple floors are dark because they’re boarded and welded up pretty well.

Broken windows inside the Bunge Grain Elevator - Minneapolis, MN

The large broken windows make for great lighting inside during the day.  It’s very easy to see and watch where you walk once you get up through the dark stairs.

Someone was sleeping here at some point. This mattress must have gotten here when the Bunge was wide open, with only a chain link fence around it. It used to be much easier to get inside.

Someone was sleeping here at some point. This mattress must have gotten here when the building was wide open, with only a chain link fence around it. From what I’ve heard, it used to be much easier to get inside.

Graffiti inside the Bunge Grain Elevator - Minneapolis, MN

Machinery inside the Bunge Grain Elevator - Minneapolis, MN

The man lift that took the life of a night watchman in 1937, a year after opening the Bunge Grain Elevator

The man lift that took the life of a night watchman in 1937, a year after opening the Bunge Grain Elevator.

You’ll probably notice the bird poop in this one. This place is somewhat of a dream home for pigeons.

The remains of a dead pigeon inside the Bunge Grain Elevator - Minneapolis, MN
Unfortunately a lot of pigeons end up flying into the windows that aren’t broken, and eventually die. We found quite a few bird remains throughout the many floors.

The view of Minneapolis from on top of the Bunge Grain Elevator.
And finally, the view of downtown Minneapolis from the top of the building. This would be an awesome place to take night shots of the city, but going up those stairs and ladders to get to the top wouldn’t be fun in the dark.

6 thoughts on “Inside the Bunge Grain Elevator, Part 2

  1. Awesome find full of photogenic stuff like the Undisclosed Location. Which is sealed tight last time we checked. There is another along Hiawatha that I’d love to get inside. But the smell of mold near the windows is just as powerful as the U.L. Might need a tetanus shot in each lung. 😉

  2. Fantastic! I wish I was there with you! The view is amazing. I’ve been keeping an eye on the undisclosed location over the past month (it’s on my bike route). I was there the day the crew was boarding up the windows. I’ve checked all six entrances and they are concreted or steel-plated up. It would take a bit of work to get in. The place has taken quite a beating in the past year. Lots of broken glass. I wonder about the ambulance even, that must be why they have made such an effort to lock it up.
    I met an old man and his dog while I was there last, he lives in the area and told me a lot of stories about the place. One interesting detail is that the little building off to the left was the library. He said when they closed they threw tons of old documents in a dumpster and carted them off. A friend of his managed to dive for some maps and books. Rather heart-breaking to think about what all old records they tossed.

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