Near Hibbing in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Marion 1150 Dragline Bucket
The bucket displayed has a 30 cubic yard capacity (approximately 600-bushel for comparison) and was designed as a 'sludge bucket'. With the large drainage holes in the bucket it was possible to dig muskeg, lake sediment and tailing while leaving behind most of the water.
Draglines work opposite of the traditional wire rope shovels, which predominated on the Mesabi Range for ore production. With a boom the length of a football field the operator was able to swing the bucket forward and drop it to the surface with the open end of the bucket facing towards him. The heavy cable was then rolled on the drum to retrieve the bucket. Then the boom was swung to cast the material off to either side.
Normally the material was just dropped into a hopper that fed onto a moving conveyor, with
When the dragline had to move, the 'pontoons' on either side were forced down on the ground lifting the machine very slightly and sliding it forward on it's belly pan. Material, under the weight of the dragline, was compacted to a surface similar to a roadway.
Location. 47° 26.862′ N, 92° 56.822′ W. Marker is near Hibbing, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker can be reached from Greyhound Boulevard/3rd Avenue East, on the left when traveling north. Marker is beyond the mine visitor center/observation building; accessible only when the center is open. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hibbing MN 55746, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine (a few steps from this marker); Hill of Three Waters or the Triple Divide (within shouting distance of this marker); Haulpak Production Truck Tires (within shouting distance of this marker); P & H 2300 Production Shovel Bucket (within shouting distance of this marker); 170 & 240 Ton Production Trucks (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining Haul Truck Engine Module (within shouting distance of this marker); Underground Mining in the Hibbing Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine Pit Overlook (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hibbing.
Regarding Marion 1150 Dragline Bucket. The Dragline model is actually a Bucyrus Eire 1150B, it loaded a track mounted hopper, that fed an overland conveyor, trucks took away rocks too large for the conveyor.
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