Iron Mining in Wisconsin

Iron Mining in Wisconsin (HMKMI)

Location: Hurley, WI 54534 Iron County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 27.785', W 90° 11.725'

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Although iron mining in Wisconsin had its beginnings in Sauk, Dodge and Jackson counties in the southern part of the state in the 1850's, discoveries of vast new deposits shifted the focus to northern Wisconsin in 1880. The major iron mining area from the mid-1880's to the mid-1960's was the Gogebic Iron Range, which extends for 80 miles from Lake Gogebic in Michigan to Lake Namekagon in Wisconsin. Forty-five to 70.7 million tons of ore produced from the Gogebic Iron Range in Wisconsin came from the Cary Mine near Hurley and the Montreal Mine at Montreal. The remaining ore came from smaller mines such as the Ottawa, Atlantic, Iron Belt, Germania and Plummer mines, most of which ceased operation before World War I. The Montreal and Cary mines closed in the 1960's when the steel industry changed from using high-grade iron ore from deep-shaft mines to using abundant taconite ore that could be economically mined by the open-pit method. At the time of closing, the Montreal and Cary mines were producing ore from workings nearly one mile deep. The last iron ore from the Gogebic Iron Range in Wisconsin was shipped from the Cary Mine in 1965.
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HM NumberHMKMI
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
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Marker Number314
Year Placed1992
Placed ByState Historical Society of Wisconsin
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 1:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 715342 N 5149323
Decimal Degrees46.46308333, -90.19541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 27.785', W 90° 11.725'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 27' 47.10" N, 90° 11' 43.50" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 962-1098 10th Ave N, Hurley WI 54534, US
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