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Eliot Shepard Mining
Updated: 4/24/2020
Eliot Shepard Mining
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  • Hi, my name is Henry Oliver. I own a steel factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I came to Minnesota to get iron ore for making steel. I found LOTS OF IRON ORE!!!!! My mining company became a big industry.
  • Iron ore was found in the Mesabi, Vermilion, and Cuyana Ranges in northern Minnesota. The iron ore was under ground. Above ground it was forested.
  • That's a lot of air pollution.
  • Yes, Jimmy, factories in the late 1800s weren't environmentally friendly!!
  • The Mesabi mines had iron ore close to the surface so miners could work above ground. Huge open pit mines used big machines like electric shovels and trains.
  • I partnered with John D. Rockefeller so I could make my company even bigger. He transported the iron ore by railroad and ship to the north eastern United States where the factories were.
  • I also partnered with Andrew Carnegie to make even more money. His factories made the iron ore into steel.
  • In the early 1900s steel was in high demand for building skyscrapers, cars, and railroads. This helped make cities even bigger and changed the United States in the Industrial Age.
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