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Taconite Mining: Technology, Taxes, & Tailings

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Erie Mining Company Photograph Album 
1950-1969
Photographs and informational materials about the Erie Mining Company and its operations in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. The majority of the photographs in the album document the construction and mining operations at the Erie Commercial Taconite Plant north of Hoyt Lakes. 
MNHS call number: Photograph Album #326

Reid H Ray Film Industries Photo Album Collection 
1950-1960
Collection includes two albums with views relating to iron mining films produced by Reid H. Ray Film Industries for the Erie Mining Co., includes construction of the company’s taconite facilities in northeastern Minnesota.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Photo Clip Sheet from Reserve Mining Company
1956
MNHS call number: TN403.Z6 R456 1956

Sample Images at MNHS

Taconite pellets.  1950.  Sign in support of taconite amendment number one. 1964.Representative Donald Fraser (left) and Minnesota Attorney General Walter Mondale (right) pose in front of a display supporting the passage of an amendment to the Minnesota state constitution (Taconite Amendment #1). 1964.The old Babbitt plant of the Mesabi Iron Company was enlarged and reuilt for use as a test plant by Reserve Mining Company in 1951-52. It operated from 1952-57 producing taconite pellets.The drafting room at the Sulphur Camp was heated by pot-bellied stoves. Here engineers made detail drawings for the Mesabi Iron Company's mine and plant.
Mines Experiment Station's staff and visitors; back row extreme left, E.W. Davis, back row third from right, William R. Appleby, extreme right, Theodore B. Counselman of the Mesabi Iron Company, and front row right, Henry H. Wade.

Sample Artifacts at MNHS

Reserve Mining souvenir taconite pellets.Pro-taconite mining stamp sheet. 1964. Electromagnetic separator prototype invented by E.W. Davis. 1916.Taconite production samples. 1975-2009.00Taconite amendment bumper sticker. 1964.

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