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Biwabik Derelict: 1937

Biwabik Derelict: 1937

August 1937. "Vacant building. Biwabik, Minnesota." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Yes, it's Tower.

This is the northwest corner of Main St. (Hwy 1) and Poplar St. While the two brick buildings and the one story buildings are gone, the white building to the far left still stands. Compare the second floor bay windows and the cornice details with this Street View clip.

This is (almost certainly) Tower, Minnesota

That white star with a 1 in it marks Minnesota Highway 1, which never ran through Biwabik. O.C Sovde however was a prominent merchant in Tower, in which MN 1 does pass through. He lived on "North Second Street" in Tower in 1910, 1920 and 1930 and his wife Charlotte (now widowed) was living in Tower in 1940. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Tower.

Mesabi Iron Range

The term Biwabik is from the Ojibwe word for iron. A picture of the iron range in the depth of the depression. As one old Iron Ranger once told me, when Detroit gets the sniffles, Da Range gets double pneumonia.

Well Spaced Letters

I have the suspicion that this may have been the International Order of Odd Fellows meeting hall, constructed in 1889.

Vacant for a good reason!

I wouldn't want to enter that building, particularly in the winter with snow on the roof. Note the nasty crack to the bottom left of the 2nd story left-most window, the bricks that have fallen out from that window's header, and the crack continues up towards the roof.

The smaller building looks like it's had its facade chopped off.

Turns out there are mines in the area, so I wonder if there was a subsidence problem.

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