Missabe Range Ore Discovery – Mountain Iron, MN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 47° 31.952 W 092° 37.214
15T E 528583 N 5264415
Quick Description: This historical marker is mounted on a granite rock in a park on the main street of Mountain Iron.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 2/14/2013 8:36:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMGCMT
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member KC0GRN
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Long Description:
This historical marker is mounted on a granite rock in a park on the main street of Mountain Iron. The text reads:

“The first iron ore was discovered on the Missabe (Mesabi) Range at Mountain Iron, on November 16, 1890. It was found three quarters of a mile north of this place by Captain J.A. Nichols for the Merritt Brothers.

“The first development work was done by Captain A.P. Woods in 1891-1892.

“A shaft was sunk in 1892 and the first ore was taken from the mine for shipment.

“The first car of ore was shipped from Mountain Iron October 17, 1892 and was sent to Duluth where it was on exhibition. This shipment of 20 tons assaying 65 per cent metallic iron, was sent in standard wooden ore car No. 342.

“4,245 tons of ore were shipped during the year 1892 from the Mountain Iron Mine.

“This monument was erected to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the discovery of iron ore and the Missabe Range.

“Dedicated June 13, 1931.”

The marker was given by the Citizens of Mountain Iron.
Marker Type:: City

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