Lost Iron Range

In many ways, the story of the Iron Range of northern Minnesota is the story of America. A melting pot of cultures, once home to a vast white pine forest, the Iron Range is best known today as the iron mining capitol of the United States.

“Lost Iron Range,” tells the story of the people and the places that have faded from memory. It’s the place that helped build a nation, and win two world wars. Join us to learn about entire towns that were moved so the ore beneath their streets could be mined, and of a giant sawmill that set all-time records for board feet of lumber milled. Discover one of the nation’s first interurban street car lines that connected Iron Range towns and locations. And marvel at the pioneers who helped build America with the resources found above and below the ground in northern Minnesota.


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Jewish Settlers on the Iron Range

Jewish Settlers on the Iron Range

The persecution of Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century led many to flee to a safer place where they could build a future for their families. America was the land of opportunity and Minnesota’s Iron Range in particular was booming with the mining industry. The Range was also a place where a mosaic of ethnic groups was building communities without fear of prejudice. Subsequently the Iron Range saw a large influx of Jewish settlers. Click photo to see larger version.

Hibbing Racing: The Early Days

Hibbing Racing: The Early Days

Almost as soon as the first motorcar reached the Iron Range, folks in Hibbing were thinking of racing. In fact, Hibbing has a unique link to Indy Racing car history. An early Indy-car race was even held on the dirt streets circling Hibbing and the Poole Location! In “Lost Iron Range”, you’ll learn more about the Range’s connection to racing history and the big names that have raced on its tracks. Click photo to see larger version.


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Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Click here for more information or visit the Minnesota Legacy website.

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