Taconite Mining: Technology, Taxes, & Tailings


“Developing the First Taconite: The Beginnings of a Billion Dollar Industry," by Donald C. Wright. 
In Lake Superior Magazine, vol. 9, no. 3 (May-June 1987): pp. 58-65.
MNHS call number: F614.S97 L252 v9:3Taconite Pellets. 1950.

“The Beneficiation of Iron Ores," by Morris M. Fine. 
In Scientific American, vol. 218, no. 1 (January 1968): pp. 28-35.
MNHS call number: TN403.A5 F56

“Reserve's New Taconite Project,"  
In Engineering and Mining Journal, (December 1956): pp. 75-102.
MNHS call number: TN402.T3 R485 1956

“Taconite: The Derivation of the Name," by Edward W. Davis. 
In Minnesota History, vol. 33, no. 7 (Autumn 1953): pp. 282-283.
MNHS call number: Digital copy.

“Pioneering with Taconite: Birth of a Minnesota Industry," by Edward W. Davis.
In Minnesota History, vol. 34, no. 7 (1955): pp. 269-283.
MNHS call number: Digital copy.


Taconite Dreams: The Struggle to Sustain Mining on Minnesota's Iron Range, by Jeffrey T. Manuel.
Minneapolis, Minn: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
MNHS call number: HD9517.M6 M26 2015

Pioneering with Taconite, by Edward W. Davis.
St. Paul, Minn: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1964.
MNHS call number: TN403.M6 D3, also available for purchase 

This Vast Pollution: United States of America vs. Reserve Mining, by Thomas F. Bastow.
Washington, D.C.: Greenfield Books, 1986.
MNHS call number: KF228.U5 B37 1986


Bibliography of Taconite: Contains a list of references on the subject of taconite that have come to the attention  of the staff at the Mines Experiment Station, 1920-1955.
Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Mines Experiment Station, 1958.
MNHS call number: Z6738.I75 M68 1958

Historical Source Materials in the Iron Ore Industry Report, by Fred W. Kohlmeyer
MNHS call number: TN403.M6 K65 1961

Documentary Audio & Video

America's Iron Frontier, film
Directed by: Gordon Ray, written by R. Glenn Low. St. Paul, Minn: 1956.  
This film documents the development of the taconite industry in Minnesota and the start of construction of the Erie Mining company's processing facilities in northeastern Minnesota. (1 22-minute film)
MNHS call number: Film C-28 

A Century of Red Earth and Iron Men, film
Duluth, Minn: WDSE-TV, 1956.  
Shows the past, present, and uncertain future of iron mining in northern Minnesota. (1 59 minute videocassette)
MNHS call number: Videotape no. 111 

Minnesota Mining: A New Beginning, film
Directed and written by: Edward P. Nelson. History-Education-Research Division of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board, 1994. 
Centers around the role of research and development has played in the birth of an industry and how the key players: industry, labor, government, and academic institutions, will take the taconite industry into the 21st century.
MNHS call number: Videotape #938

Teamwork on the Mesabi, film
Directed and produced by: Erie Mining Company
Reid H. Ray Film Industries, 1957.
Videocassette, 30 min. 
MNHS call number: Film Use Copy C-27

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