Last night Fred said he found a jackpot of iron ore!
I found the iron ore in this hole!
We found it!
In 1904, a young man named Stanley immigrated to Vermilion, Minnesota from Poland. It took him a couple days to find work in an iron ore mine. Stanley knew that steel was in high demand so he would be working long hours.
We are separating the taconite from the iron ore!
I get to roll the iron
Vermilion is located on the Iron Range in Northeast Minnesota close to Lake Superior. The land was rocky with layers of sediment.
I'm ready to load the iron pellets onto the ship!
When land is mined, first the taconite has to be blasted. Next, steam powered shovels scoop up the taconite. Eventually, electric shovels replaced steam powered shovels.
Look at the result of my hard work!
The taconite is crushed into small pieces. Then the iron ore is separated from the taconite. The material containing the iron ore is then rolled into marble sized balls called pellets.
I just finished crushing the taconite!
The pellets are loaded onto a train to be transported to Lake Superior. Then the pellets are transferred to ships to be transported to steel mills in the eastern United States.
The iron ore pellets are used to create steel at the steel mills. In the 1900's steel was in high demand for skyscrapers, automobiles, and railroads.