Soudan in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Soudan Mine
The first or was shipped from the Breitung pit of the Soudan Mine on July 31, 1884, beginning the development of the rich iron ore deposits of the oldest of Minnesota’s three ranges, the Vermilion.
The Soudan was at first mined from seven open pits, but it soon became an underground operation. The mine, which operated from 1884 until 1962, is the deepest, as well as the oldest, in Minnesota. Its shaft extends to a depth of 2,500 feet with drifts or tunnels running three-fourths of a mile to the east and west. At the peak of its production in 1892, the Soudan shipped more than 568,000 long tons of high-grade ore and employed 1,800 men.
The mine was presented to the state of Minnesota in 1965 by the Oliver Iron Mining Division of the United States Steel Corporation.
Erected 1966 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1302 McKinley Park Road, Soudan MN 55782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Fire Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away); Welcome to DM&IR Engine # 1218 (approx. 2 miles away); Tower Train Museum (approx. 2 miles away); The Old Vermilion Trail and Winston City (approx. 5.9 miles away); Hanka Homestead (approx. 9.2 miles away); Nelimark Sauna (approx. 11.1 miles away); Alma Norha Playhouse (approx. 11.1 miles away); Apostolic Lutheran Church (approx. 11.2 miles away).
Regarding The Soudan Mine. National Register of Historic Places #66000905
Also see . . . Soudan Underground Mine State Park (Wikipedia). The primary underground mining method used was known as cut and fill. This involved mining the ceiling and using Ely Greenstone and other waste rock to artificially raise the floor at the same rate as the ceiling was being mined out. As a result, the floor and ceiling were always 10–20 (Submitted on December 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.