Updated: 05/29/2014 10:58 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 2:53 PM WDIO.com
National Iron Company Foundry sat where NewPage does now, off Interstate 35 in Duluth. It's there where workers made machinery for the mining, logging, and road construction industries. It merged in 1953 with Pettibone Mulliken Corp. of Chicago.
It closed in 1983, and was torn down to make way for the the freeway and NewPage.
But over 1000 of the patterns that were used to make the machinery, have been purchased by two Duluth-area couples. And they plan on cleaning them up, and selling them.
The patterns are made out of wood, but are different colors and sizes. Some you can tell were used to make wheels or gears. But some you can't tell what they were designed to be!
"They are pieces of history, and helped make what the Iron Range and the Northland what they are today. And they are just neat!" Peter Bagley said.
He and his sister and their spouses brought the patterns home from Grand Marais, after finding an ad on Craigslist.
"We want to share them with others, so they can enjoy them as well," he added.
There is a sale coming up on Friday and Saturday, June 6-7pm. It runs from 9am-2pm, and will be at 6010 W. Arrowhead Road in Hermantown.
You can email the family: Patterns@shgroup.net
They'd love to know more about the history of the pieces.
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