Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Company Depot - Two Harbors, Minnesota
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 47° 01.135 W 091° 40.210
15T E 601065 N 5208124
Quick Description: Historic railroad depot in Two Harbors, Minnesota.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 6:52:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM2QF7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 33

Long Description:

Two Harbors owes its very existence to the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad (D&IR), established in 1883 to transport iron ore from the Vermilion Range for shipping to steel mills via the Great Lakes.  The Rail road chose Agate Bay, renamed Two Harbors in 1888, for a terminus because it was relatively close to the mines, but more importantly, because the clay bottom bay, rare along the rocky Lake Superior shores, made construction easier.

Besides over 8,000,000 tons of iron ore annually, the D&IR was transporting freight and passengers by 1907, necessitating the construction of a depot.  The railroad established its headquarters and corporate offices in the 110' x 44', two-story, brick building.  When merged with the Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway in 1937, the railroad became known as the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway and continued to serve local passenger and freight needs until 1960.

In 1961, the railroad allowed Lake County Historical Society to establish a museum in the depot. This was appropriate sine Thomas Owens, Superintendent of the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad, was responsible for establishing the Historical Society in 1925.  Ownership of the building transferred to the Society in 1980. ~ text of marker

Street address:
6th St. off South Ave.
Two Harbors, Minnesota

County / Borough / Parish: Lake County

Year listed: 1983

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Transportation

Current function: Recreation And Culture, Social

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

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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