I nearly killed myself to get these photos (wiped out on my bike). But it was worth it because I think they turned out pretty cool (even if I did shoot them on my iPhone).
I have lived in Cleveland for two and a half years and I’ve never been through the industrial valley at night until this weekend. It was surprisingly busy.
This is some kind of glass recycling facility. It appeared to be running at full kilt at approximately 1 a.m. when we rode through.
This site is a favorite of photographers, especially during the day, I am told, because of the huge piles of broken glass and the interesting ways light reflects off them
We passed some weird (I don’t know) fueling stations, that were nonetheless eerie and cool-looking.
Also, the always enchanting chemical plant, right by Clark Fields by Tremont. Much better to look at at night. Apologies, by the way, I didn’t get off my bike for this one.
The highlight of the whole adventure was really the steel mill though. This mill — someone correct me if I’m wrong — is the last mill standing in Cleveland and the Cleveland region more generally, save Akron and Youngstown.
They were working through the night and the loudspeaker enhanced voice of some supervisor echoed instructions across the quiet valley.
This was the best shot I could get with my lame camera phone. The bright light on the left is the mill’s plume, visible day and night over the valley. Dennis Kucinich once called this flame “Cleveland’s Pilot Light,” according to Cleveland Magazine.
I would really recommend checking out the mill at night. It is really amazing to see up close, like something out of a German sci-fi flick from the 1930s.
Anyway, the whole thing was like porn for industrial landscape enthusiasts, like myself. Someone with a real camera and the knowledge of how to use one should follow up with this and send us the photos.