Trip to Twin Ports and Iron Range Pictures

Duluth, MN Union Depot which serves as part of the Lake Superior Museum of Transportaion.

These are the ore docks at Two Harbors, MN.

This is the original headquarters of 3-M, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing in Two Harbors, MN.

On our way to the Missabi Iron Range , we saw this ore train on the ore dock in Duluth.

Former GN depot, now gift shop, outside of the Hill Annex Mine State Park at Calumet, MN.

Exhibits outside of the museum at the Hill Annex Mine State Park.

On the second floor of the Hill Annex Mine Museum is this chemistry lab as it appeared in the days when it was used to analyze ore samples so that the miners would know where to mine next.

A sample of rock from the Hill Annex Mine.

The Hill Annex Mine is flooded to a depth of 300 ft. The conveyor that was once used to move the ore from the pit to the top of the mine is now submerged.

A couple of rock ore samples

This crusher in the bottom of the pit is now under 300 ft. of water. This rock drill is used for placing the dynamite charges.
Shed where the dynamite is stored.
Electric powered Marion showel used to load rock to carry it to the pit crusher.
Diesel powered Euclid dump truck used to transport the rock to the crusher.
Views of the ore processing plant.
Separator for the fines in the ore mixture.
Maintenance base for railway cars and locos and trucks.

Views of the Hull- Rust-Mahooning open pit iron mine and equipment used in the mine, outside of Hibbing, MN. Large draglines were used to remove the overbarren. These draglines ran on "cat tracks" or moved with "feet" on the "walking " models.

One of the abandoned mines, an active mine, and a taconite processing plant at Virginia, MN.
Equipment once used in the iron mines around Virginia, MN.

The Diluth Missabi and Iron Range Railroad, now Canadian National, is a major player in the iron mining business. They once were an arm of US Steel. Here is a unit train of iron ore at Fairlane, MN, May 27, 2007. The ore is hauled in these 24' long cars that have a capacity of 70 tons. The length of these cars was dictated by the distance between pockets on the ore docks.

Several views of Duluth and West Duluth, MN from the Rest Stop/Information Booth on I35 on top of Thompson Hill. Lake Superior can be seen in the distance.

A retired Great Lakes ore boat in Duluth harbor.

These are views of the entrance to the Duluth harbor.

Ypermachos at anchor in the outer harbor awaiting loading.

The Tatjana is seen entering Duluth harbor.

The Missabi Miner is a 1004' self loader Great Lakes ore boat with a load of taconite pellets.

The harbor tour boat Vista King is seen passing under the partially raised vertical lift bridge.

This 1890s era freighter is on display in Superior, WI.

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