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Bungalow of Doom: 1941

Bungalow of Doom: 1941

August 1941. "House in North Hibbing, Minnesota, on the edge of the world's largest open pit iron mine. Houses in this section are being demolished daily as mining operations expand." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.


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Neat street

This pleasant-looking house seems to be set on a company-built street with curbs and sidewalks and could have been company owned. It is, however, not a bungalow as it has two full floors of rooms.

They moved the town but built Hibbing High

Hibbing High School built at tremendous cost by the mining companies -- easily the most beautiful high school on Earth. My mother graduated in 1935.

Get off my lawn!

They may be doomed, but by hell, they've managed to keep mowing the lawn. Cute house, ugly mine.

Still going!

Amazingly, to me at least, this mine is still operational. If Wikipedia is to believed, the owner of this bungalow may have been about to get the shaft from the mining company, and get paid only a fraction of the property's value before its demolition.

I laughed

Before I even scrolled down to the photo I was amused. And I also instantly decided that "Bungalow of Doom" would be a terrific name for a band.

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