As an important source of iron ore throughout the early 20th century, the Iron Range isn’t just scenic, it’s historically significant. And in The Range, it’s not a just a history lesson, it’s an adventure. See the world’s largest open pit mine. Visit Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Minnesota’s first underground mine. Take a trip back in time at the Minnesota Museum of Mining. And throughout The Range, discover another legacy of our mining history: the vibrant ethnic heritage of the men, women and families that settled here to produce the iron ore that helped build our big cities.