The History of Erie Mining Company Featured in Book

Updated: December 06, 2019 06:49 PM

It's been a labor of love. Taconite: New Life for Minnesota's Iron Range, the History of Erie Mining Company has been published. It took the memories and minds of 10 people, over a period of six years, to get it all together.


"It was a joy," shared Dan DeVaney, an Erie History Project team member. "Some of the guys were hourly, some were salary. Luckily, we had someone from every department at Erie, so we have knowledge of every department when we started writing the book."

Ron Hein lead the Erie History Project group. He told us that he's seen many important parts of our nation forgotten because things weren't documented. "I was committed to not let that happen to Erie Mining Company and the village of Hoyt Lakes," he said.

The goal is to make sure the younger generations have the opportunity to learn more about the rich history at Erie, and be inspired by it. After all, they were innovative and industrial at the same time, with an automatic car dumping system that is faster than anything in place now, according to Hein."We could load a 1000 footer in four hours," he said.

Many of the young people may only know that it closed in 2001 as LTV, and is now the proposed site of PolyMet.

The book will be distributed to area libraries and schools. But if you want your own copy, you can order it online at the link below:

And there is a larger educational push, including a traveling exhibit, educational package, and permanent exhibit about mining at the Depot.

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