Roses and Iron
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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