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Hurley in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Iron Mining in Wisconsin

 
 
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By Paul F, September 2, 2009
1. Iron Mining in Wisconsin Marker
Inscription. Although iron mining in Wisconsin had its beginnings in Sauk, Dodge and Jackson counties in the southern part of the state in the 1850ís, discoveries of vast new deposits shifted the focus to northern Wisconsin in 1880. The major iron mining area from the mid-1880ís to the mid-1960ís was the Gogebic Iron Range, which extends for 80 miles from Lake Gogebic in Michigan to Lake Namekagon in Wisconsin. Forty-five to 70.7 million tons of ore produced from the Gogebic Iron Range in Wisconsin came from the Cary Mine near Hurley and the Montreal Mine at Montreal. The remaining ore came from smaller mines such as the Ottawa, Atlantic, Iron Belt, Germania and Plummer mines, most of which ceased operation before World War I. The Montreal and Cary mines closed in the 1960ís when the steel industry changed from using high-grade iron ore from deep-shaft mines to using abundant taconite ore that could be economically mined by the open-pit method. At the time of closing, the Montreal and Cary mines were producing ore from workings nearly one mile deep. The last iron ore from the Gogebic Iron Range in Wisconsin was shipped from the Cary Mine in 1965.
 
Erected 1992 by State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 314.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included
Iron Mining in Wisconsin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 2, 2009
2. Iron Mining in Wisconsin Marker
Marker and Visitor's Center
in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 27.785′ N, 90° 11.725′ W. Marker is in Hurley, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 51 south of West Groveland Drive (U.S. 2), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Wisconsin Information Center, 1 mi. north of Hurley, Wisc. Marker is in this post office area: Hurley WI 54534, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Penokee Iron Range Trail – Historic Iron County Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); This 5 ½ Foot Diameter Drill Core (approx. 1.3 miles away); Flambeau Trail - Little Finland (approx. 1.4 miles away); Curry House (approx. 1.7 miles away in Michigan); The Truth Behind the Legend of Stormy Kromer (approx. 2.5 miles away in Michigan); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Gile Falls (approx. 2.6 miles away); Norrie Park (approx. 2.6 miles away in Michigan); The City of Montreal (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurley.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,208 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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