Mountain Iron Mine, locomotive repair pits
Locomotive repair pits with a chain guard around the pits are shown at the Mountain Iron Mine. A box labeled "fire hose" is against the wall in the background. The Mountain Iron Mine was an open pit mine in the Mesabi Range, Minnesota. The Mesabi area was prospected for iron ores for decades before the first body of soft iron ore was discovered at the present site of Mountain Iron by 1890. The Mountain Iron Mine shipped the first iron ore in the Mesabi Range in 1892. The Mine was later operated by the Oliver Iron Mining Company. The Oliver Iron Mining Company was organized in 1892 to manage ...
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