Minnesota Brown: Did you know the Iron Range changed the world?

Yesterday, I attended Pam Brunfelt’s Minnesota Humanities Center lecture on the significance of the Iron Range in American history at Valentini’s in Chisholm.

Pam detailed the modern history of Minnesota’s three iron ranges starting back in the 1880s until today, showing how this one small place in northern Minnesota changed the course of history.

Without this place and the relatively small number of people who immigrated and worked the iron ore mines — which provided a vast amount of the base material for WWI and WWII steel — America would have been at best a notable regional power, not unlike today’s Brazil.

Instead we are the United States of America. The big USA. Superpower.

Pam asked me to push the slide button on the Power Point. I felt pretty good about that.

I’m looking forward to celebrating the 120 year anniversary of the discovery of “red dirt” Mesabi Iron Range hematite on Nov. 16. Stay tuned.

This post was written by Aaron J. Brown and originally published on Minnesota Brown. Follow Aaron on Twitter: @http://twitter.com/minnesotabrown

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 09/10/2010 - 09:03 am.

    Article too short, must see/read more.

  2. Submitted by Erik Hare on 09/10/2010 - 09:13 am.

    The contribution of the Iron Range to US and world history is worth celebrating! Thanks for letting me know we have an anniversary coming up – I’ll be celebrating along with you.

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