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Roses and Iron
Roses and Iron is a garden planted at the entrance to the Greyhound Bus Museum. This garden is unique in that it is composed of old garden and hardy shrub roses. Over eighty roses, of thirty-five varieties, were chosen for their ability to survive a zone three northern climate along with good disease resistance. When mature some of these will reach a height of six to eight feet and a width of three to five feet. 

The garden is planted and maintained by the Chisholm Hibbing Garden Club.  The theme of this garden, Roses and Iron, ties in the iron ore which has contributed to the town’s livelihood and the hardy rose which represents its people.


Hull Rust Mahoning Mine
Hibbing is the site of the world's biggest open pit iron ore mine, the Hull Rust or Hull Rust Mahoning Mine. The making of the Hull Rust group of open pit mines stands as a monument to the ingenuity - and just plain hard work - of man. Earth removed to create the mammoth open pit is said to be the equivalent of digging a small tunnel from Minnesota through the center of the earth and out the other side.

Since ore shipping began in 1895, more than 1.4 billion tons of earth has been removed to form this "Man-Made" Grand Canyon. The present Hull Rust it, about 2,291 acres, embraces more than 30 individual mines which had been opened between 1895 and 1957. Although most of them are no longer in operation, a substantial amount of ore continues to be extracted from the pit by Hibbing Taconite Company. The vast pit yawns more than six miles long, up to two miles wide and 600 feet deep.


Minnesota Museum of Mining
The Minnesota Museum of Mining, located in Chisholm, is just a short drive from Hibbing. The Museum is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The exhibits, both indoors and outdoor, tell the story of the iron mining industry in northern Minnesota. 

You can climb aboard Locomotive No. 347 built in 1907 and retired in 1953 after moving thousands of toms of earth and ore, or sit in the high cab of a 125 ton dump truck. There is also a beautiful geological rock display and a replica of an underground mine drift. Your tours continues with the beginnings of an old mining town displayed in artifacts used by pioneers including: a blacksmith shop, shoemaker's shop, broom factory, print shop, a little red schoolhouse and more. 


Hibbing Historical Museum
The many types of exhibits in the Hibbing Historical Museum tell the story of Hibbing. Logging and mining tools, accompanied by pictorial displays, show how tools were used in logging and mining. 

A 5 foot by 8 foot model of Hibbing as it looked at the time of its incorporation in 1893. An 8 foot by16 foot 1913 model of North Hibbing depicts the growth of the town and illustrates why Hibbing was forced to move to accommodate the mining companies discovery of rich iron ore deposits that lay beneath the town. An audio visual presentation explains the history of Hibbing and its move. 

The Museum is located in the Memorial Building at 23rd Street & 5th Avenue East and is open May 15 through September 30.


Hibbing High School
Construction of the historic Hibbing High School was started in 1920. The cost of the building was roughly $3,900,000. Today, it would cost over $50 million to replace. 

The building is made up of red brick trimmed with bedford stone and is arranged in the shape of the letter E. It was built to replace the old high school which had to be torn down because of the encroaching mining operations. Since the mining companies were responsible for the move, they provided about 95 percent of the cost.

The school has an impressive auditorium that was designed after the old Capitol Theater, which was located in New York City. It seats 1800, has a full Broadway stage, and chandeliers of cut glass imported from the former Czechoslovakia. The elaborate pipe organ, an old Barton vaudeville organ, is one of two left in the country and was purchased and installed in 1923.


Paulucci Space Theatre
The Paulucci Space Theatre is the largest planetarium in Northern Minnesota. We offer night sky shows, planetarium multi-media programs, and large format films.

Enjoy our programs in our 40 foot diameter domed theatre, and enjoy the activities in our "Kids' Corner." We have informative posters and models in our lobby, as well as a gift shop with some unique items.

The theatre is located on the Hibbing Community College campus and is owned and operated by that institution. It is not only for college use, though. In fact, it is open to the public and can be enjoyed by anyone. 


Iron Range Tourism Board
Visitors to the Iron Trail region will enjoy beautiful lakes, exciting tourist attractions and our rich and diverse heritage. Surrounded by the Superior National Forest, the Iron Trail is a majestic tribute to Mother Nature's beauty. Four distinct seasons will provide unlimited recreational possibilities and unbelievable photographic opportunities. Make the Iron Trail your next vacation destination.


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