2008 Mining History Association Field Trip

 

Vermilion Iron Range, Soudan Mine, Soudan, Minnesota

June 15, 2008

Hosts: Staff of the Soudan Underground Mine State Park,

Volunteers of the Ely-Winton Historical Society, and

 Lawrence Sommers

 

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View of the Soudan Mine State Park on the hill overlooking the town of Soudan.  It closed in 1962 and was donated to the State of Minnesota by the U. S. Steel Corporation.

Headframe of the Soudan Mine is inclined at 78 degrees to reach the ore.  The shaft is nearly one half mile deep.

MHAers boarding the cage for their “shift” underground.  It is a short ride to the 27th level of the mine.

 

The tour guide explains the underground mining operations of the mine.

After a ride in the man-trip, the group walks down the drift to the working area.

Underground exhibits show simulated miners in a stope operating drills and slushers (scrapers).

 

Deep in the Soudan Mine the University of Minnesota operates a physics laboratory to detect dark matter and subatomic particles.  The underground space is as large as a football field.

The artistic mural symbolizing the underground laboratory includes images of famous scientists.


Photo Credits: Mark Langenfeld, Mike Kaas, and Eric Nystrom

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