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Range history: The story of the Iroquois iron ore mine (Pt. 2)



EDITOR’S NOTE: We continue this week with part two of a series on the history of the Iroquois Mine. The first part of this series was published in our Feb. 22 Mining edition. Watch for future installments in upcoming editions of the Hometown Focus. – Kirsten Reichel, HTF Staff Writer How a mill mine works The process of mill mining […]

This Week in Range History:

The Fall Lake School in Winton

WINTON – A few years ago my husband Mike and I started looking for a cabin. We ran across a listing the Ely area real estate guide. The listing was for a year-round historic home with access to Fall Lake. It had formerly been a school. I had grown up in Ely in the 1960s and ‘70s, yet I wasn’t […]

THIS MONTH IN MINNESOTA HISTORY

March 1 1856: The territorial legislature incorporates the St. Peter Company, which is authorized to engage in milling and waterpower work and to develop real estate. The company’s stockholders hope to move the state capital to St. Peter, but their e… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

EWHS shares brief overview of Ely’s iron ore mining history



Workers during the first season of open pit mining at Ely’s Chandler Mine. Submitted photo.Although it now looks nearly like a lake that has been there since the glaciers left this area thousands of years ago, Miner’s Lake is perhaps the lake we woul… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Range history: The story of the Iroquois iron ore mine (Pt. 1)



The mills in a milling mine. Submitted photos.There are 12 natural red iron ore mines located within the city limits of Mt. Iron: Brunt, Hanna, Iroquois, Mill, Mott, Mt. Iron, Pilot, Pilot Annex, Prindle, Snively, Wacootah and Wheeling. Of the 12, th… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The disaster site is on the National Register of Historic Places

The Milford Mine disaster in 1924… 41 miners lost their lives


On Feb. 5, 1924, water from Foley Lake flooded the Milford Mine, killing forty one miners in Minnesota’s worst mining disaster. Only seven miners climbed to safety. First mined for manganese in 1917, the Milford Mine reached depths of 200 feet by … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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