Mountain Iron Mine Landscapes
(1892-1956)
Mountain Iron, Minnesota

Mountain Iron Mine Landscapes (1892-1956) Mountain Iron, Minnesota

High-grade iron ore was discovered at Mountain Iron, Minnesota in 1887 and open-pit production began five years later. By the time operations ceased in 1956, the mine (the oldest in Minnesota) had yielded 48,664,453 tons of ore, making Minnesota the largest iron producer in the United States.

ARCH3, LLC worked with Landscape Research, LLC to document the Mountain Iron Historic Mining Landscape for the United States Steel Corporation. This historic district is adjacent to the Mountain Iron Mine and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark. Photo documentation and related interpretation was performed to Level I of the Minnesota Historic Property Record (MHPR) as part of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Mountain Iron Mine Landscape - MHPR SL-MIC-030-14

Iron Miner's Graves

Iron Miner’s Graves

Iron Miner's Graves - Marked

Iron Miner’s Graves – Marked