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St. Louis County Minnesota – Historical Markers

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By Keith L, September 27, 2007
The Emergence of Man Through Steel Marker
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Chisholm — The Emergence of Man Through Steel
They toiled with purpose. These miners of ours... moving tons of iron ore for massive steel towers. This devotion to a nation, they adopted as one, makes the heritage of the iron range foremost 'neath the sun. The legend lives. They were . . . — Map (db m6756) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Boat House and Pier
Hesperia, the name given to the Congdon's yacht, was a family name. Registered as a yacht in Lloyd's Register of American Yachts, 1911, the Hesperia was constructed of wood with a raised deck design. The boat was powered by an internal . . . — Map (db m26552) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Canal
Very early Duluth felt that future growth would depend on having suitable harbor and dockage. Winter storms wrecked breakwater and docks built outside Minnesota Point. St. Louis Bay offered a protected harbor, but access required a canal be dug . . . — Map (db m2913) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial
An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to remain silent. Elias Clayton • Elmer Jackson • Isaac McGhie On June 15, 1920, following the alleged rape of a young woman, Duluth police locked up a . . . — Map (db m46978) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — SL-DUT-002 — Clifton–French River
Clifton, first townsite surveyed in the United States section of the North Shore, was platted west of the mouth of the French River in 1855. The river was known to early explorers as Riviere des Francais. Rumors of nearby copper deposits resulted . . . — Map (db m43766) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Daniel De Gresolon, Sieur Du Lhut
The near-by canal marks the site of Little Portage on Minnesota Point crossed on June 27, 1679 by Daniel De Gresolon, Sieur Du Lhut, a gentleman of the Royal Guard of Louis XIV on his way to explore the Upper Mississippi. — Map (db m2876) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Dedicated to Davis Helberg
In recognition of his non-tiring commitment to the maritime community and service as Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director for 24 years, 1979-2003. A native of and lifelong resident of Northern Minnesota, Davis began his career as a . . . — Map (db m5584) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Duluth–Superior Harbor
Duluth-Superior harbor is the westernmost terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the world's most inland seaport. Harbor commerce began when Daniel Greysolon Sieur Du Luht portaged across Minnesota Point in 1679 where the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge . . . — Map (db m4827) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Edgar A. CulbertsonBM1
This plaque is dedicated by the people of Duluth to the memory of a fellow citizen, Coast Guard Boatswains Mate First Class, Edgar A. Culbertson, who on the night of April 30, 1967 gave his life attempting to rescue three teen-age brothers stranded . . . — Map (db m2758) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Enger Observation Tower
To the memory of Bert J. Enger 1864 – 1931 Native of Norway Citizen of Duluth From Common Laborer to Merchant Prince, he demonstrated in his own life that America is a land of opportunity for the immigrant, and that her . . . — Map (db m4807) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — SL-DUL-242 — Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac was incorporated in 1857 and became a part of the City of Duluth in 1895. This is the site of a major Chippewa Indian settlement from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries and is situated on the early canoe route along the St. . . . — Map (db m43723) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Fond du Lac – Minnesota
Site of Ojibway Village from earliest known period Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Luth was here in 1679 Astor's American Fur Company established a trading post on this spot about 1817 First Ojibway Treaty in Minnesota made here in 1826 . . . — Map (db m43725) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Glensheen, A Family Legacy
Campus Heritage Marker University of Minnesota Duluth Glensheen, A Family Legacy Glensheen estate was built between 1905 and 1908 for attorney Chester Adgate Congdon, his wife Clara Bannister Congdon and their . . . — Map (db m6603) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Illumination History of the Aerial Lift Bridge
The first lighting was on November 20, 1970, made possible through the contributions of Duluth school children, citizens, business people and visitors. The present dramatic lighting, first seen on July 4, 1987, is made possible through a . . . — Map (db m2883) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Jay Cooke
Perhaps no individual in the history of Duluth had such a dramatic influence on the port's infant development than Jay Cooke, a Philadelphia financier. Cooke's reign at the Head-of-the-Lakes was brief, but all-encompassing for commercial . . . — Map (db m6379) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Leif Erikson
Leif Erikson Discoverer of America 1000 A. D. sponsored and erected by the Norwegian American League of Duluth, Minnesota and Popular Subscription presented to the City of Duluth, Minnesota August 25, 1956. Designed . . . — Map (db m6323) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Lewis G. Castle
Honoring Lewis G. Castle in recognition of his part as a volunteer leader in gaining the seaway and as the administer of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. The seaway, completed in 1959, represented decades of dreams, . . . — Map (db m2910) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Minnesota's Oldest Concrete Pavement
The streets of this Duluth neighborhood are the first concrete pavements constructed in Minnesota. They were built of portland cement concrete in 1909 and 1910 and ushered in the era of modern roads and streets in the state. A distinctive feature of . . . — Map (db m44081) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Northwoods Sailors
Department of the Navy • United States of America — Navy Operational Support Center • Duluth, Minnesota May all who pass this memorial recognize the brave men and women who have served in the United States Navy. This memorial stands . . . — Map (db m5818) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Priley Fountain / Duluth Civic Center
Priley Fountain In grateful recognition to Joseph C. Priley for his unselfish and dedicated efforts to beautify Duluth July 26, 1970 Duluth Civic Center has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by . . . — Map (db m49827) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Rice's Point
Rice's Point separates Duluth-Superior's outer from it's inner harbor, and is a focal point of Duluth's industrial activity. Many of the city's bridges can be seen, among them the Aerial Lift Bridge to the left, the John A. Blatnik Bridge straight . . . — Map (db m4965) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — The Skyline Parkway
As you face Lake Superior, you will find that the eastern access to the Skyline Parkway, a 30-mile drive along the rim of the hills overlooking Duluth and Lake Superior, begins here to your right on the left bank of the Lester River. As you proceed . . . — Map (db m44599) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — Trotman Folding Stock Anchor1892
Conventional ship's anchor used from about 1870 to 1910, from the Whaleback steamer Thomas Wilson, sunk a half mile outside Duluth Piers. Recovered in 1973 by the U.S.C.G. Cutter Woodrush with divers Elmer Engman, Dave Anderson, Dan Goman and Paul . . . — Map (db m21027) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Duluth — United States Merchant Marine / U.S. Navy Armed Guard
The United States Merchant Marine In recognition of those who serve their country in war and peace time to those 250,000 who served in world war II to those 670 who were taken prisoner to those 6,700 plus who gave their lives . . . — Map (db m5433) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Eveleth — A Three-Way Continental Divide
A drop of rain water falling here in the Giants Range, a rare three-way continental divide, may flow either north into icy Hudson Bay, east into the Atlantic Ocean, or south into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From the north slope of . . . — Map (db m3048) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Eveleth — John Mariucci
A tribute to John Mariucci ATHLETE–COACH–LEADER Who through the force of his unique personality and determination, laid the foundation for the great U. S. Olympic hockey championships. His belief in the . . . — Map (db m2872) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Eveleth — Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site
“Politics is not just about power and money games, politics is about the improvement of peoples lives, about lessening human suffering in our world and bringing about more peace and justice.” Near this site on October 25, . . . — Map (db m2891) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hermantown — Sunrise Memorial Park War Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to peace and to man's search for it. ...and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, ...Nation shall not lift up sword against Nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.               . . . — Map (db m43710) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — 170 & 240 Ton Production Trucks
The giant 170 ton production truck in front of you was donated by Hibbing Taconite in 1998. It was originally purchased in 1975 at a price of $451,900 and operated for a total of 110,000 hours or an equivalent of 12.5 continuous years. During the . . . — Map (db m7088) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Birthplace of Greyhound Lines
It was in Hibbing, during 1914, that the Greyhound Bus System, through its predecessor company, first began operation. — Map (db m2756) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Business District
The heart of any city is its business district. In Hibbing, this was on Pine Street and also on Third Avenue. Many varieties of shops were available to satisfy the community's needs. People came from the many small locations and other . . . — Map (db m5145) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Carnegie Library
This library was donated to Hibbing by Andrew C. Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie was a financier who made his fortune in steel. The library was finer than many in larger cities. It had all the major books available at the time. When the building . . . — Map (db m5184) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Early Finnish Pioneers
1892. Dedicated to the memory of the early Finnish pioneers who helped to build this community. The Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society, Chapter 14, Hibbing, Minnesota. 1957 — Map (db m3108) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Finnish Workers Hall
The Finnish people were one of the first ethnic groups to arrive in this area in the late 1890's and early 1900's. They built this building on this site in 1909. It was used for stage plays, dances and other social events put on for the Finnish . . . — Map (db m5144) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Frank Hibbing
Frank Hibbing was a German immigrant who came to Minnesota from Wisconsin, arriving on the Mesaba Range in 1892. He had heard that iron ore was discovered in Mt. Iron in 1890. He recognized the possibilities of iron ore further to the west. . . . — Map (db m5146) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — George R. Stuntz
Born in Pennsylvania, 1820; Died in Duluth, 1902. First permanent settler. In 1852 resided and traded on Minnesota Point. Government surveyor. Discovered iron ore before 1870 on Vermilion. Discovery of Missabe Range followed in 1890. Built . . . — Map (db m2840) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Haulpak Production Truck Tires
Tires displayed here were for the 170 and 240 ton capacity production mine trucks used at Hibbing Taconite Company immediately to the north of this view site. The tires for the 170-ton trucks are mounted on wheels that are 4.25 feet in diameter . . . — Map (db m27363) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Hill of Three Waters or the Triple Divide
A triple point, or triple divide, is the place where two continental divides intersect and water drains into three different watersheds. Five widely-recognized triple divides exist in the United States, including: Triple Divide Peak, Montana, The . . . — Map (db m27715) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine Pit Overlook
Immediately to the north and extending approximately 3½ miles east to west is the open pit known as the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine, begun in 1895. In fact, over the past 100 years of mining here, more than thirty separate mining companies have . . . — Map (db m6776) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine
It has been called the “Grand Canyon of the North”—a fitting title for the world’s largest open pit iron mine. The Hull-Rust-Mahoning pit actually began as separate mines, named for their owners, first dug in 1895, that gradually . . . — Map (db m2833) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — In Abiding Love
In abiding love, gratitude, and honor, the people of Hibbing dedicate this memorial to the men and women who served their country in all wars. Erected 1956 A.D. by the Veterans Memorial Fund Committee • Robert J. . . . — Map (db m26554) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Marion 1150 Dragline Bucket
In the 1950's the Pierce, South Agnew and Morton mines utilized a Marion 1150 Dragline to strip off the glacial till from above the iron ore body. This stripping bucket was on that Hanna Mining Company dragline. Several of the mining companies took . . . — Map (db m8009) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Mining Haul Truck Engine Module
Power Module Assembly   Replacement Cost $372,000 Application: Komatsu 830E 240 Ton Electric Drive Haul Truck Detroit Diesel Corporation 149 Series Engine 16 Cylinder, 2400 Cu. In., 2 Cycle Diesel Engine, 2200 Hp @ 1900 RPM . . . — Map (db m7273) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Moving the Town
Many of the homes were not owned by the occupants. When it came time to move them, they were offered the opportunity to buy the house for $1.00. They would then have to arrange to move them at their own expense. Many businesses were also . . . — Map (db m5139) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Oliver Club
With the mining activities expanding and the village of Hibbing's population growing, there was a lack of entertainment for the miners, so the Oliver Iron Mining Company constructed a building which was once known as the Oliver Club. It had a . . . — Map (db m5185) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Oliver Mining Co. Headquarters / Oliver Shop Laboratory
Oliver Mining Co. Headquarters This building was the heart of the Oliver operation, the largest iron ore mining operation in United States history. The Superintendent of Mines and his staff made the day-to-day mining decisions here, and they . . . — Map (db m5132) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — P & H 2300 Production Shovel Bucket
The production shovel bucket here was once mounted on a P & H shovel similar to the one pictured here. The bucket capacity is 18 cubic yards which is equivalent to nearly 400 bushel baskets of dirt or broken rock. Made of cast alloy iron, . . . — Map (db m7021) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Schools
Education was very important to the new immigrants. They wanted their children to have an education that they were unable to have. From small schools in the early years to bigger and better schools such as the Lincoln High School that was on . . . — Map (db m5183) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Train Depot / Street Car Bridge
Train Depot Early passenger service was by train. Hibbing's Train Depot was one block west of this spot. Many immigrants seeking work arrived here and many of these same men left from this same depot to serve their new country during World . . . — Map (db m5137) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Hibbing — Underground Mining in the Hibbing Area
In 1895 underground mining began in the Hibbing area following the discovery of iron ore. The Burt-Poole and Sellers mines were the first to ship that summer. Mining Captains, of Cornish decent, utilized their experience from the Vermillion Iron . . . — Map (db m6877) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Idington — The Laurentian Divide
The Laurentian Divide separates the watershed of streams that flow north to the Arctic Ocean from the watershed of streams that flow south through the Great lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Where you are standing the divide is formed by a prominent . . . — Map (db m21025) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Independence — The Fires of Autumn 1918
Marker Front: The Cloquet-Moose Lake forest fire of October 12-13, 1918, which almost reached this location, was one of the most destructive forest fires in Minnesota's recorded history. Like other major fires, this one took place on . . . — Map (db m21024) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Proctor — Geology of Duluth Harbor
Lake Superior is situated over the Midcontinent Rift, which is a rupture in the North American continent that formed a great rift valley from the Lake Superior region southwest to Kansas about 1.1 billion years ago. For about 20 million years as the . . . — Map (db m5113) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Proctor — Minnesota’s Seaport / Welcome to Minnesota
Minnesota’s Seaport. More than three billion tons of iron ore, along with millions of tons of grain, lumber, fish, and coal, have passed through the Duluth-Superior harbor since the beginning of Minnesota’s Iron Age. The first ore from the rich . . . — Map (db m3094) HM
Minnesota (St. Louis County), Proctor — The Gate
1976 Stainless Steel David von Schlegell (1920 – 1992) The stainless steel sculpture functions as a metaphor, tying the horizontal lines of the land and Lake Superior, which are both very visible from this location, together . . . — Map (db m4756) HM

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