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Ironwood: 1899

Ironwood: 1899

Iron mining circa 1899. "Norrie group No. 3, Ironwood, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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This is God's Country

This is the town I was born in, of course MANY years later. I wonder where exactly this picture is located? I have been to Norrie park quite a few times, I wonder if it's near that area. Anyone know? Thanks for the picture, I've been looking for one of Ironwood and it finally arrived!!!

Largest Iron Mine in the World

The National Magazine, Vol. 11, 1900.

America's Supremacy in Iron and Steel.

The Norrie, with its twenty miles of tunnels, in which are employed over 3,000 men, produces nearly a million tons of ore a year. It is the largest iron mine in the world, and the ore in sight shows no abatement of this production, which has been maintained for a decade past.

Iron Age, Vol. 72, 1904.

The Lake Superior Mining Institute.

No. 3 shaft at East Norrie, also going down in the footwall, was visited, but as it presents few new features little time was spent there. It was interesting to note, at all the properties visited, that the development work done and the permanent improvements put in are all of the most substantial and lasting character, far more so than in the past and evidently designed for the utmost service and the longest possible duration. It is one of the developments coming from the control of mining properties by companies having abundant capital and assured of a large and permanent product.

Michigan History Magazine, Vol. 6, 1922.

Ho! Gogebic County!

Mining explorations were first made in the Ironwood locality by Landseer Norrie who came from New York in 1881. He first sunk a shaft in what is now known as the Ashland Mine. Dissatisfied with results here he later sunk a shaft on the Norrie location, in what is now known as the old Norrie Mine. …
The Norrie was the first mine to produce 1,000,000 tons of ore in one year.

My familia's hometown

My family is from Ironwood. Lots of Italians, Finns, Swedes and Serbs. Dad grew up there and actually worked in the iron ore mines, as a kid as did most of the population. Would love to see more of these! I'm forwarding this one to my relatives still up there.

Snow Country

Talked to a lady one year that was visiting relatives here and asked her how the weather was in Ironwood so far this winter. She said that it had snowed 180 inches without a thaw. The winter was about half over and she said it was not the norm even for Ironwood.

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