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Hi my name is Henry Oliver. I owned one of the most successful iron mining bushiness in MN.
Henry Oliver came to northern MN in 1892 to find a reliable source of iron ore to produce steel. He invested in some small iron mining companies that were operating on the Mesabi Range.
The Mesabi iron ore range was located in Duluth Minnesota. The Ojibwa word Mesabi means giant .
The workers used dynamite to find iron ore in caves. It was extremely dangerous and some men even died! The miners also dug up iron ore using shovels.
In 1916 the workers built a giant steel mill in Duluth so the iron ore could be made into steel locally.
By 1871 railroads ran south to saint Paul. The same year workers made a deep canal from lake superior into the harbor to make access easier for ships to transport iron ore.
Iron ore is the production of iron. Iron is used to make steel. Steel is used to make ships, trains, automobiles, tools, beams and buildings.
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