Hull Rust (Iron) Mine
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"I believe there is iron under me. My bones feel rusty and chilly" - Frank Hibbing, January, 1893
Hibbing is up on the Iron Range - as evidenced by this large iron mine - note the red soils. The Hull Rust Mahoning Mine is the world's largest open pit iron ore mine - at 535 feet at its deepest point. The views here are into the Scranton Pit. The lake in the pictures is spring fed and 200 feet deep at its deepest. More than 800 millions tons of iron ore have been removed from the mine. The maximum length is 3.5 miles and maximum width is 1.5 miles. The largest trucks are 240-ton capacity and the tires are 12 feet high.
The original town of Hibbing was built too close to the mine and in 1918, the entire downtown area was relocated 2 miles south. The mine expanded into what was 6 blocks of downtown Hibbing.
These photos are taken from the observation area where there is a small visitor center with those details and a few "artifacts" from past miners. Oh, and some big tires and big trucks to take your photos by. I think maybe they are actually there just to show you how big the tires are of the ore trucks. If you are up on the range, Sammy's Pizza is a good little pizza joint in a few of the towns in the area. Hibbing is also the birthplace of Greyhound Bus Line and a Greyhound bus museum is near the mine.