Tower Train Museum Historical Marker – Tower, MN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 47° 48.279 W 092° 16.760
15T E 553961 N 5294839
Quick Description: The historical marker outside the Tower Train Museum tells the story of the locomotives that were used to transport iron ore.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 11/22/2012 5:25:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMFRBH
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
The historical marker outside the Tower Train Museum tells the story of the locomotives that were used to transport iron ore. The text reads:

Tower Train Museum

When iron ore was discovered on the Vermilion Range, Charlemagne Tower, Sr., George Stone, Charlemagne Tower, Jr., and George Stuntz formed the Minnesota Iron Company and acquired the Duluth and Iron Range Railway (D & IR). In 1883 they constructed a railroad between Vermilion Range operations and Two Harbors so ore could be shipped to steel mills via the Great Lakes. To meet the completion deadline, 14,000 men toiled around the clock.

On July 31, 1884, ten wooden rail cars of iron ore hauled by a coal burning engine, left the Soudan Mine bound for Two Harbors. This historic 68 mile rail trip took seven hours. After the city was granted a charter, the railroad was extended into Tower in 1886.

That same year, the Illinois Steel Company, representing H.H. Porter, Cyrus McCormick, Marshall Field, and John D. Rockefeller, acquired a rich ore deposit near Ely, and bought the Minnesota Iron Company holdings, including the D & IR. In 1901 this company became the United States Steel Corporation.

The steam locomotive pictured was built in 1910 for the D & IR by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. It was typical of the those used to haul iron ore and passengers until 1953, when diesel locomotives were put into service.

National Register of Historic Places.
Marker Type:: City

Visit Instructions:
A photo of the 'Marker' or 'Plaque' is required to identify the location, plus a picture of the 'Historic Site'.
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