Final Season for Hull Rust Mine View in Hibbing

September 01, 2017 04:00 PM

The Hull Rust Mine View in Hibbing is the only place you can see an active iron mine in the United States.

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When you look into the massive mine pit, the large haul trucks moving around look like small toys. 

Mine View gives people a birds eye view of what drives the Range economy. It's been around for about four decades.

"I love it here," said Judy Whitlock, one of the many loyal volunteers. "You meet so many interesting people from all over the world."

Another volunteer, Rick Ruhanen, said, "As a geologist, I get to talk about the importance of mining and explain the geology. It's really fun chatting with people." He told us they've seen more than 17,000 people since May.

Some are from far away, like Liberia. Others, are from Hibbing! We met four boys from Hibbing on Wednesday. They enjoyed climbing on the large equipment and looking at the mine pit below.

They are looking forward to the new Mine View, which is in the works. The city and Cleveland-Cliffs agreed on a land swap, so Cliffs can mine where the current Mine View is.

Director of City Services, Pete Hyduke, showed us where the new location will be. It's a large stockpile east of the current Mine View. 

"This is land that was owned by the Boeing family, of Boeing Manufacturing. And the sale of this land and the mine helped start that company," he shared. "I like how it's similar in location to the current center, so people won't have to travel out of their way to the new spot."

The new center will have a 360 degree view of the Range. 

Cleveland-Cliffs is paying for the road which will take you to the new Mine View. Work is expected to begin and finish this fall. 

Then there will be site prep. A Hibbing native, Andy Lucia, has created a design for the center, and the hope is to have it up within a couple of years.

Because preserving this glimpse into the Range and its history, is so important to those who live here.

You can still visit the current Mine View till September 30th. It's open every day, Monday-Sunday, 9-5pm, including Labor Day.

The other Mineview that gave folks a look into United Taconite's pit and over the mined out Rouchleau Pit closed last year, so MnDOT could build a new Highway 53. UTAC will mine through the old Mineview in the Sky.


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