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Superior in Douglas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Burlington Northern Ore Docks

 
 
Burlington Northern Ore Docks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
1. Burlington Northern Ore Docks Marker
Inscription. These docks, the largest in the world, consist of three structures of concrete and steel. The longest dock is 2244 feet long, 80 feet high, and contains 374 individual pockets which can hold 100,000 long tons of ore, or 7 average trains of 205 cars each. Ore is hauled 100 miles from Minnesota mines.

The first dock was built of timber in 1892. The first cargo consisting of 2073 long tons of ore was shipped in Whaleback Barge No. 102 on November 11, 1892. Over one billion tons of ore have been shipped through these docks, the largest year’s shipment being 32.3 million tons in 1953.

In 1967 a conveyor belt system was installed for moving taconite pellets from trains to dock pockets. In the early years as many as 400-500 men worked on the docks; with modern equipment and reduced volume of ore, less than 140 men are now required.
 
Erected 1973 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 192.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 41.652′ N, 92° 1.732′ W. Marker is in Superior, Wisconsin, in Douglas County. Marker is on East 1st Street ¼ mile west of 37th Avenue East, on the right when traveling west
Burlington Northern Ore Docks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
2. Burlington Northern Ore Docks Marker
The docks are to the east beyond the trees. Some of the structure can be seen in the center of the picture.
. Click for map. The marker is at the end of East 1st Street in cul de sac area. It is located north of Allouez Park. Marker is in this post office area: Superior WI 54880, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Superior Entry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Burial Ground of the Fond du Lac Band (approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Stockade Site (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lake Superior (approx. 2.1 miles away); Northwest Portal of Wisconsin (approx. 2.5 miles away); S.S. Meteor (approx. 2.5 miles away); The University of Wisconsin-Superior (approx. 3.2 miles away); Summer White House - 1928 (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Superior.
 
Regarding Burlington Northern Ore Docks. The trees have grown so high to the east as to obscure the view of the eastern ore docks. If you have a clear picture of these docks, please submit. For an aerial view, click on the link to the map above and then click on the satellite view.
 
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Burlington Northern Ore Docks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
3. Burlington Northern Ore Docks Marker
Ore dock to the west of marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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