Making the most of the area's mining history with a tour

Updated: February 19, 2021 08:22 PM
Created: February 16, 2021 06:23 PM

The Range was built by mining, but not everyone knows the full history of what happened across the communities. 

So now there's work underway to create a northeast Minnesota historical mine tour.  

"What we're going to do is identify about 30 active, inactive, and reclaimed mine sites," explained Meg Christianson, executive director of Visit Grand Rapids. 

Those sites will be filmed and photographed in all of the seasons, and put together in an interactive website. And they span from Cohasset to Silver Bay.

Sarah Carling, a community and business development specialist who has been working with towns in Itasca County, said, "Each city is a chapter. And we're putting the chapters together to create that book, to really highlight the region."

You'll be able to access the tour from your computer, phone, or tablet. And if you're on the road, you can access driving directions as well.

Once you're at a spot, like Hill Annex Park, there will be some signage to share more history.

A similar set up is already finished for the Grand Rapids Art and History Video Mapping Project.

For the mining tour, the coordinators are sharing their vision with communities across the Range. They are seeking funding. Because the goal is to promote tourism for the whole region, and bring more dollars in. Even though the tour itself will be free.

"It will be a no-cost activity for families and individuals. And help promote areas that may not always get that visibility," Carling added.

It is a 12-18 month project.

If you want information, contact Sarah Carling:

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