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Silver Bay in Lake County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

About the City: Silver Bay, Minnesota

 
 
About the City: Silver Bay, Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. About the City: Silver Bay, Minnesota Marker
Inscription.  This city was originally built by Reserve Mining Company to house the employees of their taconite production facility. When construction began in 1951, the town was known as the Beaver Bay housing project and one of the first houses in town became the post office. In 1954, it was announced that Reserve's new town on the north shore would be called Silver Bay. The city was designed for up to 10,000 people, but reached its peak in the early 1960s at about 3,900. The population is now about 1,950. The William Kelley High School, named for Reserve's first president, opened in 1958 and eliminated the long, 28-mile bus ride from Two Harbors. William Kelley is now the only active school in Silver Bay and provides education to students from kindergarten to high school grades. The school has a long-standing tradition of excellence of education in academic and extracurricular programs.

Rocky Taconite
The Rocky Taconite statue was erected at the entrance of Silver Bay to welcome visitors to the city. It is dedicated to the researchers who revitalized the iron mining industry by developing the process that converts useless rock,
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called "taconite," into a valuable product that's used to make the vehicles, heavy machinery and household appliances we use today.
 
Erected by Cliffs Natural Resources.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1951.
 
Location. 47° 17.67′ N, 91° 15.879′ W. Marker is in Silver Bay, Minnesota, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from City Shop Road, 0.3 miles south of Outer Drive, on the left when traveling east. Located at the City View of the Northshore Scenic Overlook in Silver Bay. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Bay MN 55614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Superior Shipwrecks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northshore Mining (approx. 0.2 miles away); Taconite Mining (approx. 1.6 miles away); Historic Shipwrecks (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Modern Shipwreck (approx. 1.6 miles away); Welcome to the Silver Bay Safe Harbor/Marina (approx. 1.6 miles away); Palisade Head (approx. 2.9 miles away); Geology of the Split Rock Region (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Bay.
 
Northshore Scenic Overlook City View image. Click for full size.
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2. Northshore Scenic Overlook City View
View of Silver Bay image. Click for full size.
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3. View of Silver Bay
Rocky Taconite image. Click for full size.
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4. Rocky Taconite
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5. City of Silver Bay Marker
Silver Bay Recreation Marker image. Click for full size.
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6. Silver Bay Recreation Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2022. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 10, 2022.

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