One of the great things about Minnesota tourism, is the diversity of things to see. From natural beauty to history, roadtrippers and vacationers alike can all go explore Minnesota. I took a recent trip up to Creekside cabin at Elbow Lake Lodge (you should also check out End of the Road Cabin). I was with my 7 year old son and a friend of his. Because we were on a quick father son trip, we stopped at the Mineview In The Sky. Here’s a panorama on Round.me. You can watch it in the post, or download their app.
The stop is basically a tourist trap in Eveleth, Minnesota, but now it has become a tradition with my family. Basically, you drive up a 40-story mining hill to a gift shop. You will enjoy great views of an old mining pit-turned lake and the city of Virginia, Minnesota. The rest stop has clean bathrooms, ton’s of brochures and a gift shop. It is worth a stop once for sure.
The Mineview in the sky makes a great rest if you don’t want to stop at another gas station or McDonalds with the kids. There is plenty of room for them to run around and stretch their legs.
Make sure to get out and see some of the equipment that was hauled up the hill. They have a huge dumper called “the king of the lode” and other artifacts like scoopers and trains to make this rest stop a little more interesting … and might I dare say educational? Below is a 2d and a 3d video of the staff explaining the mine.
Here’s the text of the video:
Mined out back in the 50’s and 60’s This was all iron ore until about 1975 then they shut her down then and that’s how they got out of it then. All this iron ore. This was pure iron ore and then they put back in and taconite after that and they just kept this mine open and then closed it down and later on they used it… and this here has been … this water is used for our city water in Virginia here too also. So… Sure is amazing though. I can tell you that. That’s all I cay say. Boy say look at these two trucks over here. Those are from LTV steel here in the Hoyt Lake Minnesota. And ah, that is a 240 ton truck right there and that is a 120 ton truck, the smaller one. The price on this truck from LTV Steel I believe it was back in 1988 somewhere in that area, it ran for 1.3 million dollars and each tire on there right now on that at the time was 13,000 dollars a piece. But now they got … I think they got 360 ton trucks trucks and they run anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 million dollars a piece and each tire on that truck is between 30 and 40,000 dollars a piece. So, there is a lot of money in taconite.
Realize it’s a, were going to have a new bridge here in town gonna come through 53 here as you notice coming off of 53 is going to cut this whole area off because for mining purposes and its going to make about a mile and a quarter run from the top of the hill here to come accross come down here and cut back into 53 again. and you are looking at a project worth 225,000,000 dollars. and ah, completion date they are talking about is October 2017. So if everything goes well they should be finished in that time slot there. So I hope it does. Thank you.
For those of you who don’t know, these mines were very important to the war efforts in WWII. The ore in the iron ranges in Northern Minnesota were very easy to get and very high quality which gave the allies a very strong boost in the war effort. The ore was mined and then sent by rail to Lake Superior where it was carried by ship to refineries in the east. If you visit Silver Bay and Duluth, MN, you can still see the large structures used to transfer the ore from the trains to the ships.
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