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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The Soudan Mine hoist is operated by a 600 horsepower electric motor.  The operator uses the circular depth indicators to precisely stop the cages or skips at the correct level.

The ore is hoisted in skips which dump into a bin at the headframe.  From the bin the ore drops into an electric “Larry Car” which takes on a short trip to the top of the Crusher House.

 

The Larry Car drops the ore into a bin which feeds the crusher below.  The crushed ore is conveyed to the Head House rail car loader shown at the rear.  In winter, the ore was stockpiled at the mine until shipping began on the Great Lakes.

 

Run-of-mine ore is fed from the ore bin to the awaiting jaw crusher

The large drive pulley operates the jaw of the crusher.  The first ore was shipped from the Soudan Mine on July 31, 1884.

Trains transported the ore to docks in Two Harbors, MN on the shore of Lake Superior.  Once the lake was ice free, stockpiled ore was shipped from the mines. The ore docks were not included on the field trip. (Mike Kaas photo, 2006)

 

An outcrop of the Soudan ore body was scraped clean by the glaciers.  Peter Maciulaitis and Roger Burt examine the exposure.

A close-up of the outcrop shows the bands of hematite iron swirled through the surrounding quartz and jasper.



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

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