Picture of an industrial complex along a riverway. There are railroad tracks going from the river up the hillside. At the top are two African American workmen in front of a cart loaded with large rocks. There are wooden pens holding smaller debris and possibly coal. There are African American workers around these structures. Extending out over the water are three large structures, possibly living quarters and offices. There are people standing around on the structures. Written on the back: "U.S. River Improvement. Soddy Shoals, Tenn. River. Showing Incline and Quarters at foot of Shoals. Oct. 1892."