Iron Ore Discoveries: Powering the American Industrial ...

Iron ore deposits were found in many areas of the United States, but mining was centered in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio during the post-Civil War period. Iron production and the emerging steel industry developed around Pittsburgh, which enjoyed the additional advantage of nearby coal fields.

Iron Range - Wikipedia

Minnesota has the largest deposits of iron ore in the United States, and northern Minnesota has been mining iron ore for 130 years (26 years after Minnesota became a state in 1858). The majority of iron mined is used to make steel which has been used to build infrastructure, appliances, vehicles, and so many other things that make our modern ...

THE IRON RANGES OF MINNESOTA - Mining History Association

(1) The above quote by Walter Van Brunt (1922) really encapsulates the history of all of the four iron mining "Ranges" of northern Minnesota. Where the life span of most mining districts lasts only years or tens of years, mining in the iron ranges of Minnesota has spanned over 130 years and is …

12 Rare Photos That Give A Glimpse of Minnesota's Mining ...

Jan 23, 2017· Milling along the Mississippi River played an enormous role in the early history of Minneapolis, just as Minnesota's 17 Fortune 500 companies play their part today. And up north, Minnesota's mining left its mark on the Arrowhead region. These 12 rare photos of Minnesota's mining history will give you a glimpse of life on the Iron Range.

Minnesota mining's place in American history: Soudan state ...

Jul 22, 2017· Minnesota mining's place in American history: Soudan state park showcases mining's impact on country ... mined before Minnesota's first iron ore mine closed in 1962, Juip lights a …

Mining Companies -

Mining Companies. The following companies are currently mining or planning to mine iron ore in Minnesota. Learn more at their websites.

MN iron ore: changing history for 130 years - Minnesota Brown

Jul 30, 2014· MN iron ore: changing history for 130 years. July 30, ... Today, Minnesota's 10 iron mining facilities and processing plants account for 80% of the first pour steel in the United States and are capable of shipping more than 40,000,000 tons of iron ore and concentrate a year out of Minnesota ports and on rails. Two new mining facilities are ...

Attractions On The Iron Range | Find Exciting Things To Do

From Honk the Moose and the Iron Miner Statue, to beautiful vistas and the World's Largest Free Standing Hockey Stick and Puck, there's plenty of opportunities for great photos and fun memories. Take time to immerse yourself in the deep history of this region – and learn from the heroic past of Minnesota's Iron Range.

Ore Price Collapse Hits Minnesota's 'Iron Range' : NPR

May 08, 2015· Ore Price Collapse Hits Minnesota's 'Iron Range' Prices are about one-fourth what they were in 2011. A drop in global demand, especially in China, has triggered layoffs in northern Minnesota…

Iron Mining Process - Minnesota Iron

From blasting to crushing to separation – more than 85% of the iron mined in the United States is mined in northeastern Minnesota to make our nation's steel. Blasting Taconite is a very hard rock. Using explosives, the taconite is blasted into small pieces. Transportation The taconite pieces are scooped up by electric shovels. Each...

Mining | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Mining has a long history in Minnesota. Iron ore has been mined here since the 1800s, and the taconite industry is an important sector in our state's economy. Today, the state's extensive copper and nickel deposits are just being proposed to be mined.


As a visitor to The Minnesota Museum of Mining, you will have the rare opportunity to climb aboard historic equipment used to mine the Mesabi Range's rich iron ore. Your experience will begin at the very unique stone castle, constructed in 1939. Browse the Museum Store, and view mining history exhibits inside the Castle.

History of the Iron Ore Trade : The Cleveland Memory Project

History of the Iron Ore Trade. This brief history appeared in the 1910 Annual Report of the Lake Carriers' Association. The iron ore trade is, of course, the trade of the Great Lakes, but it was not always so. The premier trade for so many years was grain, then lumber took first …

Explore Minnesota - Iron Ore

Iron ore mining first occurred in Minnesota on the Vermilion Iron Range in 1884 followed by the Mesabi Iron Range (1892), Cuyuna Range (1911) and the Fillmore County District (1941). The first mines on the Mesabi exploited the so-called "natural ore", which is a weathering or alteration of

A very brief history of mining on the Cuyuna Iron Range ...

A very brief history of mining on the Cuyuna Iron Range. ... miles west of Duluth in central Minnesota. Iron mining in the district, the furthest south and west of Minnesota's iron ranges, began ...

MPR: A timeline of Minnesota's Iron Range

Taconite mining emerges as the future employment source for the Iron Range, providing jobs for 12,000 workers. The subsequent recession and trend toward mechanization reduces that number by half within 15 years. 1984: Last iron ore shipment leaves the Mesabi iron range, ending Minnesota's direct iron ore industry and confirming a difficult ...

Mnnesota Mine Tours - Mining History Association

Spectacular remains of the rich open pit direct shipping iron ore mines. Ironworld (the Minnesota Discovery Center) is at the top left overlooking the mines. (Adapted from the December 2007 and the March 2008 Mining History News) CLICK HERE FOR THE HISTORY OF MINNESOTA'S IRON …

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Minnesota Mining History, Mining History, History of Mining, Gold Mining, Iron Mining, Cuyuna Range, Mesabi Range, Vermilion Range, Mining, Miners, Miner's, ... Iron Ore Shipping. Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Hill Annex Mine State Park. Minnesota Museum of Mining. Other MN Mining History Attractions.

History | PolyMet Mining

In Range: Copper Mining in Minnesota For more than 130 years, the Mesabi Iron Range has been the major source of iron ore for the nation's steel industry, supplying the raw materials that helped build industrial America. In the 1940s copper was discovered near the eastern end of the Iron Range on the northern margin of a massive geologic formation Read More →

Trip Ideas - Minnesota Iron Range Tourism Bureau

Next, head to Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, just a five minute drive from Hibbing. Open year-round, this one-of-a-kind facility is the Museum of the Iron Range, with exhibits that highlight the land, people and mines of the region, from pre-history to today.

Taconite - Digging into MN Minerals - Minnesota DNR

Dr. E.W. Davis of the University of Minnesota, along with other scientists and engineers, conducted years of laboratory tests and experiments to find a way to take the iron ore out of the taconite rock. After many years of hard work, a process was developed to create taconite pellets. Taconite saved Minnesota's iron ore mining industry.

Minnesota Iron Mining

The Iron Mining Association (IMA) of Minnesota promotes a healthy iron ore industry that will continue to benefit northeastern Minnesota as well as the entire state. It's an industry our communities, state and country depend on today and into the future.

Mining on the Iron Range | Minnesota Digital Library

The post-war years into the 1960s and 1970s saw decreased demand and the closure of many mines. Today iorn ore is still mined on the Iron Range but in a much-diminished capcacity. Iron ore mining has had a lasting impact on Minnesota and helped to shape the state's industrial and cultural identity.

Minnesota's Copper and Nickel Deposits are World Class ...

Minnesota has a long history of mining iron ore, which continues to this day. In fact, nearly 75 percent of the iron ore produced in the United States is mined in Minnesota. However, many people may not be aware of the fact that Minnesota has some of the largest …

Fast Facts - Mining Minnesota

There is only one active nickel mine in the U.S., yet our country consumes 202,000 tons of nickel annually. Mining will provide more than $2 billion for the Minnesota Permanent School Trust Fund. Copper, nickel and precious-metals mining will create jobs for generations—possibly 100 years or more.

Mesabi Iron Range Strike, 1916 | MNopedia

During the summer of 1916, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) coordinated a strike of iron ore miners on the Mesabi Iron Range. The strikers fought for higher wages, an eight-hour workday, and workplace reform. Although the strike failed, it was one of the largest labor conflicts in Minnesota history.

Mesabi Range - Wikipedia

The Mesabi Iron Range is an elongate trend containing large deposits of iron ore, and the largest of four major iron ranges in the region collectively known as the Iron Range of Minnesota.Discovered in 1866, it is the chief iron ore mining district in the United States. The district is located in northeast Minnesota, largely in Itasca and Saint Louis counties.

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