View the second-largest operating open pit iron ore mine in the world, more than eight miles long, 3.5 miles wide and 535 feet deep. This man-made "Grand Canyon of the North" was the first strip mine on the Mesabi Iron Range. The amazing view continues to grow as the Hibbing Taconite Company Mine expands its mining operations. Rotary drills, 33-cubic-yard shovels and 240-ton production trucks can been seen in action at this National Historic Site. Occasionally, you'll be able to witness a mining dynamite blast used to clear bedrock away to get to the iron ore.
Since 1895 more than 1.4 billion tons of earth have been removed on its 2,000 acres of land, and more than 800 million gross tons of iron ore have been shipped from the mine. At peak production in the 1940's, as much as one quarter of the ore mined in the United States came from the Hull Rust Mine.
A video presentation in the Visitor Center explains the colorful history of the mine and early miner's activities. A Visitor Center, observation deck, mine exhibits, mine shovel bucket, mining truck, interpretive graphics and a walking trail make the trip to the Hull Rust Mine View memorable. Area information brochures and gift shop available onsite.
Exit off Highway 169 in Hibbing onto Howard Street. Follow nine blocks (.7 miles) to 3rd Avenue East. Take a right and follow past the Greyhound Bus Museum (located on the left hand side.) Follow signs to Hull Rust.
Open mid-May through September, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bus groups and children's groups welcome. Tour guide on-site. Available by appointment. Open on request to special groups. No charge.
To learn more, visit the Hibbing Chamber website.
Hull Rust Mahoning Mine
401 Penobscot Rd
Hibbing, MN 55746