I've seen pictures of derelict ore docks before. We are going to loose another ore dock. Looking at the satellite image, it looks like they have already torn down some docks. This would be closing the last dock that was in the town.
The Escanaba port allowed ore to be shipped earlier and later in the shipping seasons when the Soo Locks remained closed. It is also a vital alternative for ore shipments on the Great Lakes if the locks at Sault Ste. Marie were damaged or shutdown. [UpperPeninsula]
Update: Mark Hinsdale posted four photos with the comment:
Ore No More...With the sad announcement by Canadian National that they will close the former Chicago & North Western Ore Dock in Escanaba MI by the end of next month, I thought I post a couple of reminders of a happier time, when many of us flocked to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to watch C&NW's last FM's in the 70's, and then their big Alcos in the 80's, wheel the ore trains from Negaunee to Escanaba. It was always an intriguing operation to visit. Now, just another spike through the heart of the U.P. April, 1975 & June, 1985 photos by Mark Hinsdale