Mining Features

Stripping surface dirt at an open pit mine near Hibbing

The following text was printed on the back of the above photo, which was cropped from a stereograph card: The Mesabi Range is covered with glaciated material consisting of sand, clay and bowlders [sic.] The latter, in some places, are so numerous that they discourage all attempts to clear the land for agricultural purposes. After the prospecting party has located […]

Duluth port gains 2nd Pacesetter Award

DULUTH — The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announced earlier this month the recipients of its Pacesetter Award for international cargo tonnage increases during the 2019 shipping season. That pentad included the Port of Duluth-Superior, which earned Pacesetter honors for the second consecutive year. Four of Duluth-Superior’s six cargo categories posted season-over-season tonnage increases in 2019. General cargo, comprised of […]

Stevenson Location celebrates 4th of July

Residents at the Stevenson mining location west of Hibbing observe a 4th of July pageant (year unknown). The suspension bridge in the background was reportedly 500 feet long. Courtesy of the Hibbing Historical Society.

Former workers pen detailed history of Erie Mining Company



Many large companies produce books about themselves, sometimes to celebrate a significant business anniversary or sometimes as an extended marketing tool for future sales. But the newly released history of Erie Mining Co., a subsidiary of Pickands Mather, sprang from a different motivation. Published nearly two decades after the company was closed down, Taconite, New Life for Minnesota’s Iron Range, […]

2019 port season summary: Grain gain, heavy lifts boost tonnage totals

TWIN PORTS — Cargo volume exceeded 33.5 million short tons at the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019 shipping season, ranking as the port’s third highest throughput since 2015. Four of the port’s six cargo categories notched season-over-season tonn… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

Inspired by family stories and historical information

Artists illustrate a vivid and inspired portrait of area mining


Jane Wertanen’s “Made in America” oil painting was created from some of her husband’s photographs of mining machinery. The name on the front of this big truck is King of the Load. Submitted photo.VIRGINIA — A unique exhibit with paintings depicting t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Captain Binney’s narrow escape

A mining captain survives a 1919 cave-in at the Elba Mine

Workers at the Elba Mine. Captain Joseph Binney is in the center of the first row. Submitted photos. Courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society.A message from the Iron Range Historical Society The Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) is pleased t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Earth’s history in a year

Exploring the processes that made Minnesota’s minerals


A close-up view of the Time Crunch exhibit in the Minnesota Discovery Center’s Hall of Geology. Submitted photos. Eb 4.54 billion years. That’s how old the Earth is. While that is quite a large number, it’s hard for us as humans to wrap our heads … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Is Grand Rapids on the Iron Range?

The western end of Mesabi Range has a rich mining history, too

The first ore from the Canisteo Mine is loaded onto train cars in 1909. Photos courtesy of the Itasca County Historical Society.By Jody Hane HTF Contributor It’s pretty clear that folks from Hibbing or Virginia are Iron Rangers, but only a fool woul… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A Range giant: Oliver Iron Mining Company operated 128 mines



Oliver Mining circa 1910. As a division of United States Steel, the Oliver Iron Mining Company was one of the most prominent mining companies in the early decades of the Mesabi Iron Range. Photo courtesy of the Itasca County Historical Society.The Ol… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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