Range History

This Week in Range History

Nicholas B. Shank: Noted early logger and businessman

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following excerpts and photos are from the book Logging and Lumbering courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society. According to the book, during the days when Nicholas Shank had the logging camps, William Roleff, a Two Harbors barber, was interested in photography. With his camera and equipment in hand he took the train into northeastern Minnesota communities […]

Oct. 12 is 1918 Fires Remembrance Day in St. Louis County

The deadly Cloquet, Duluth and Moose Lake fires of 1918


The worst natural disaster in Minnesota history— over 450 dead, fifteen hundred square miles consumed, towns and villages burned flat—unfolded at a frightening pace, lasting less than fifteen hours from beginning to end. The fire began around midday on Saturday, Oct. 12, 1918. By 3 a.m. on Sunday, all was over but the smoldering, the suffering, and the recovery. What […]

Minnesota history: Maple sugaring and the Ojibwe people



Sugar maple is best known for its bright fall foliage and for being the primary source of maple syrup. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.org/Creative Commons.Ojibwe people have made maple sugar, a traditional dietary staple, for centuries. It is easily acc… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

— THE HISTORY OF TOWER AND SOUDAN —

Two communities tied tightly together from the beginning

A sawmill was established here in Tower in 1882, the plaque on this Tower monument reads. This ore crusher, used in search of gold, was one of the first pieces of mining equipment in the area. It was found underwater in Trout Creek in 1934. The first… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

The Iroquois Mine in Mt. Iron: There’s a story in the making



This is an air photo of the Iroquois Mine area shortly after it re-opened in 1956. Downtown Mt. Iron is at the upper left. Some Iroquois Location homes are shown left center. The new open pit operation is in the center of the picture. The original mi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

“THE TOWN THE MINING BUILT”

Glen Location: Exhibit at Minnesota Discovery Center

Photos by Cindy Kujala.Trolley ride | Train depot | Historic buildings | Mining equipment CHISHOLM – Glen Location is a permanent exhibit at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm. A trolley ride takes visitors past the Pillsbury Pit to the Glen… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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