You are pretty knowledgeable about Minnesota and the iron mining. I lived
in Minnesota from birth, near a little town called Mizpah which is 120 miles
or so from the iron range, until I was 17 and then back again at age 20 to
age 30 at International Falls. Then I remarried and we moved first to
Wisconsin for a few months and then to California where we have been since
late 1963. My husband worked at Silver Bay, MN building the big taconite
plant there in the early 1960's. He was the superintendent for the
Electrical contractor, Commonwealth. The plant used the low grade ore and
crushed the rock, used a magnetic system to pull out the ore, which they
then smelted into pellets to ship off to the steel plants. Then dumb as the
mining industry was they dumped the tailings back into silver bay causing
all kinds of pollution and problems for Lake Superior.
The big hole in the ground is still there I believe and there are piles of
earth and rock mounded up all around the area.
Carol Vanlandingham, Hayward, California
----- Original Message -----
From: "Audrey N. Black" <ajnblack1(a)juno.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 1:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Sweden] query on Hibbing, MN
In 1937, my family -- mother, dad, brother, me -- lived in MN in
Stillwater and Sandstone for 6 mo each. Dad worked building the prison
and I think a hospital or school. We made a trip to Hibbing to see the
Iron Mine. What a thrill for a 5 yr old!
Part of the town of Hibbing had been moved by that time and the larger
part was moved a few years later in order to get at the iron ore buried
beneath the town. It was a gigantic open pit mine. Huge! I hear it's
closed now, all mined out. Anybody know what happened to the big hole in
My folks had a vial of iron ore from that trip, had about 6 to 8
different colors of ore and/or earth in there.
For the Sweden Swedes -- the iron ore was sent to Duluth, Minnesota and
other ports on Lake Superior, then sailed down Lake Superior, Lake Huron,
Lake Erie (3 of the 5 great lakes) to Cleveland, Ohio or Erie,
Pennsylvania, where it was shipped by truck to the steel mills in
Cleveland, Youngstown, Akron, Middletown (near Dayton), Ohio and
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The ore boats were huge. Carried hundreds of
tons of ore in each load. Sometimes the ships sailed Lake Superior, then
Lake Michigan to the steel mills in and around Gary, Indiana (south of
On Thu, 28 Feb 2002 06:52:45 -0600 Ruby Berg <rhberg(a)cpinternet.com>
> check this out and you might be able to get answers. Hobbling is a
> town on the iron range of Minnesota that was physically picked up
> and moved. The best way is probably to contact some specialists
> from IronWorld.
> "Norm (Pono)" wrote:
> > (1) These are the enumeration districts for Hibbing, MN from the
> > census (some of the descriptions seem to be cut off a little).
> Can anyone
> > tell me which district will include the address 705 2nd Ave? The
> > map I've looked at no longer contains some of these streets and
> there now
> > seem to be two parallel 2nd Aves (E and W).
> > (and/or)
> > (2) Does anyone have access to directories from Hibbing. I'd
> like to know
> > who lived at 705 2nd Ave in 1915.
> > District 166 Hibbing village (part of) 1st voting precinct; from
> west side
> > of Third Ave., to village limits; from north side of Superior St.,
> > village limits, including the Rood Hospital.; Hospital should be
> > separately on schedules.
> > District 167 Hibbing village (part of) 2nd voting precinct; from
> west side
> > of Third Ave., to village limits; from McKinley St., to Superior
> > including Adams Hospital; Hospital should be shown separately on
> > District 168 Hibbing village (part of) 3rd voting precinct (part
> of); south
> > of McKinley St., and west of First Ave., including the village
> > Hospital and all that part of the village lying in Sections 12, 13
> and 24,
> > T. 57, R. 21; Hospital should be shown separ
> > District 169 Hibbing village (part of) 4th voting precinct; south
> > McKinley St., and east of First Ave., and all that part of the
> village lying
> > in Section 7, T. 57, R. 20
> > District 170 Hibbing village (part of) 5th voting precinct; east
> of Third
> > Ave., north of McKinley St., south of Superior Ave., to village
> > District 171 Hibbing village (part of) 6th voting precinct; east
> of Third
> > Ave., north of Superior St.; south of the town line between T's 57
> and 58,
> > R. 20 and west of the Webb nine property located on the west half
> of the N.
> > E. quarter, Section 6, T. 57, R. 20.
> > District 172 Hibbing village (part of), 7th voting precinct; the
> east 3/4 of
> > Section 31, (E1/2 of N. W. 1/4, E 1/2 of S. W. 1/4, N. E. 1/4 and
> S. E. 1/4,
> > Section 31, T. 58, R. 20), and all of that part of Section 32, T.
> 58, R. 20
> > lying within the village of Hibbing; N
> > Thank you.
> > Aloha,
> > Pono
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