Minnesota Roads - Hill Annex Mine
Hill Annex Mine State Park
You might spy some of these older fixtures on your way to the parking lot.
Onto the tour, which requires bundling into a bus and trundling along pockmarked trails through the old mine. The old signal was a simple stop/go for mine trucks to unload their haul. The old rail signal no longer has any tracks next to it. It's interesting that the mine road is set up almost like a normal road - "look out for trucks" as if you're not going to see them everywhere, and a pretty standard railroad setup (minus the removed crossbucks).
Before you note that the railroad signals may have just been used as a regular stop signal, the same assembly is present in the opposite direction, this time with a stop sign. There were definitely tracks here once for a haul train.
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