It started with an old wastewater treatment plant... somewhere... in North Carolina. No, really, I don't remember. It's off I40 east of Asheville.
Pretty sure that this gondola was being used to haul away scrap for recycling as I'd seen a local recycling plant (to Denver) use ones in similar condition for such a purpose. On the off chance it's abandoned, I took a pic.
I think that this was a textile mill. Not a mine of anything!
Trains don't run here no more.