Duluth and Iron Range Railway Ore Dock No. 6 - Two Harbors, Minnesota
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 47° 00.862 W 091° 39.928
15T E 601430 N 5207624
Quick Description: Historic ore dock located on Agate Bay in Two Harbors, Minnesota.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2007 8:24:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM2QJ0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 132

Long Description:
Dock No. 6 was constructed from 1907-1909 and was the first steel ore dock built on the Great Lakes. The dock was designed by the American Bridge Company and constructed by the Barnett & Record Company. The dock was a vital link for the rich iron mines in northern Minnesota. The dock is located at the terminus of the Duluth & Iron Range Railway line (later Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railway).

The dock is 962' long, 51' wide and 74' high. The dock has 148 pockets with ship loading spouts along each side. Ore loaded into vessels through mechanically operated trapdoors at the bottom of the pockets flowing by gravity through the openings. The pockets were filled by railroad hopper ore cars from the four tracks on the dock. These four tracks were connected with two tracks on the approach trestles connected to the railroad yard. The capacity of each pocket is 300 tons thus yielding a total storage capacity of 44,440 tons.

The dock is no longer in use and the connecting trestles were removed in 1978. The two near by docks are operational though only dock number two is used because it has been modified to accommodate Taconite pellets.

Note: The coordinates listed above are across the bay at the historical marker for the ore docks. The docks are not accessible and the best view point of all three docks is from across the bay by the marker or from the end of the east breakwater in good weather.
Street address:
Agate Bay
Two Harbors, Minnesota


County / Borough / Parish: Lake County

Year listed: 1986

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction, Transportation

Current function: Vacant/Not In Use

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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