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Near Hibbing in St. Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Hill of Three Waters or the Triple Divide

 
 
Hill of Three Waters or the Triple Divide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 28, 2007
1. Hill of Three Waters or the Triple Divide Marker
Inscription. 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 Hill of Three Waters, Minnesota, Three Waters Mountain, Wyoming, an unnamed hilltop near Gold, Pennsylvania, and the unofficially named Headwaters Hill, Colorado.

Minnesota's Triple Divide is located just to the north of this point. Here the Northern Divide intersects the St. Lawrence Seaway Divide. From this point, water flows in three directions, north to Hudson Bay, south to the Gulf of Mexico, and east to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Chippewa Indians referred to the location as "The Hill of Three Waters" or "The Top of the World" and frequently held their council meetings there for tribes living within about a 100-mile radius. The site is not publicly accessible due to mining operations. Its official platting is Section 26, Township 58, Range 21.

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Location. 47° 26.863′ N, 92° 56.8′ W. Marker is near Hibbing, Minnesota, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Greyhound Boulevard/3rd
Hill of Three Waters or the Triple Divide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 28, 2007
2. Hill of Three Waters or the Triple Divide Marker
Looking northwest; the marker is at the right side of the photo.
Avenue East, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine, beyond the mine visitor center/observation building; accessible only when the visitor center is open. Marker is in this post office area: Hibbing MN 55746, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine (here, next to this marker); P & H 2300 Production Shovel Bucket (a few steps from this marker); Marion 1150 Dragline Bucket (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining Haul Truck Engine Module (within shouting distance of this marker); 170 & 240 Ton Production Trucks (within shouting distance of this marker); Haulpak Production Truck Tires (within shouting distance of this marker); Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine Pit Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); Underground Mining in the Hibbing Area (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hibbing.
 
Also see . . .  Continental Divides in North Dakota and North America. (Submitted on February 19, 2010.)
 
Additional keywords. Laurentian Divide
 
Categories. Native AmericansNatural Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 5,696 times since then and 501 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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