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Aug 10, 2019 - Hull rust Mine and Hockey Hall of Fame

Today we toured the observation area for the Hull Rust Mine that is the world's larest open pit iron ore mine. It's is one mile wide, 535 feet deep and 3.25 miles long. Iron mining started in this area in 1892 and the Mesabi range is one of the richest in the world. We saw the small dots that are the 240+ ton trucks hauling ore to the crushers that are set up in the mine area, long "roads" are fashioned for this and change as the ore is depleted. The buckets and trucks were on display and it's really impressive. We then went into the town...

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Aug 9, 2019 - Hill annex and Greyhound and Bob Dylan

We took at tour of the Hill Annex open pit Mine State Park. This mine operated form 1913 to 1978 and produced 63 million tons of iron ore. It was named for James Hill, the railroad tycoon who owned it. The tour was by bus and we went down about 200'. The mine itself is 500' deep and is filling with water. The tour guide worked there as well as his father and grandfather and was very informative. The mine still has a good amount of iron in it but until the price of iron rises it's not economical to reopen it. There is a new mine operation...

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Aug 8, 2019 - Gilbert MN

The drive to Gilbert was good, road is smooth and divided highway most of the way. As we drove through towns we saw the iron pits and the scenery is great. The West 40 campground is on a hill and we had to back into the office drive to drive in to the space but the campground manager had someone move to give us a site that is fairly level. The rest of them would be more of a challenge. Although there are trees on the perimeter we can get Dish. The cover over the electric hose hole in the Eagle broke and the cover can't be screwed in. We...

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May 8, 2015 - Ely

Date: May 8, 2015 Tonight’s Location: Gilbert, MN Campground: Sherwood Forest City campground Mileage: End - 71019 Start - 70831 Total Miles for the day: 188 Weather: cloudy am; partly sunny pm Temperature: start 39º High 46º Wildlife count: Year List: 286 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, American Crow, Pine Siskin, Canada Geese Left the campground around 9 and arrived at Gilbert close to 10:30am. On the way, we stopped at a rest area that was located on the Laurentian Divide. The Continental Divide determines whether water...

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Voyageurs Venture

Sep 3, 2014 - International Falls to Gilbert, MN

Date: September 3, 2014 Tonight’s Location: Gilbert, MN Campground: Sherwood Forest Mileage: End - 52413 Start - 52209 Total Miles for the day: 204 Weather: sunny, cloudy, 10 drops, sunny, cloudy Temperature: start 52º High 73º Wildlife count: Columbia Ground Squirrel, Pine Squirrel Year List: 348; Life List: 476 Birds: Connecticut Warbler, Great Blue Heron, American Crow, Common Raven, Canada Geese, Turkey Vulture, Belted Kingfisher, Blue Jay, Alder Flycatcher, Broad-winged Hawk, Barn, Tree & Cliff Swallows, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern...

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Going West 2014

Aug 26, 2014 - Gilbert, MN - Sherwood Forest Campground

It was a quick 72 miles from Two Harbors to Gilbert, MN over the back roads through the Superior National Forest for the most part. With the exception of one seven-mile stretch the roads were remarkably good for being back roads. This route did save us 17 miles and about 30 minutes had we gone back through Duluth instead. There was a heavy mist for a good bit of the trip. That and going through the same type scenery we had been in on the Gunflint Trail limited the quantity of travel pictures. We have a huge space at the Sherwood Forest...

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Aug 7, 2011 - Farewell to Minnesota

After spending the last fifty-two days here in Minnesota, there were a few more things that never fit within the scope of any of our other write-ups that we found interesting and hopefully you will as well. Thought it might be fun to continue the trivial tidbits I started when we were in Texas after receiving so many positive comments from many who follow our travels. One food we have thoroughly enjoyed after Randy and Konnie introduced us to it when they visited us when we still lived in San Antonio – wild rice. We never really knew a...

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Aug 6, 2011 - Out and About and Around Gilbert

Thought I’d do a short little write up about the town where we have spent this last week – Gilbert. It’s a cute, very small town where I’m sure everyone knows everyone, or at least of their family anyway. Originally named Sparta and situated near a mining location that began in 1892, the area was relocated to make way for iron ore mining. This seems to be the norm in these parts. In fact, when we were visiting the “Mineview in the Sky” the woman working there told us the working mine on the other side of the highway from where we were...

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Aug 4, 2011 - Grand Marais back to Gilbert

And now for the trip back home. We got up early, or rather I did, wanted to take a pic of the sunrise thinking it would be pretty spectacular on Lake Superior! Alas, the way our room was situated, I would have had to walk out to the lake front to get the picture of the sun and just wasn’t going to do that the way I was dressed at the time, haha! After our breakfast at the hotel, we got underway around 1000 after another brief drive through town to see more of it only to find it still blocked with barriers and lots of street vendors already...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Farewell to Walker; Greetings to Gilbert

Our month in Walker has come to a close and I have to admit; I hated to see it end. We really have enjoyed it here; maybe not the kids running threw our site, or the dogs for that matter! But the location, the bike paths, the large site and just being in Minnesota with the folks we met and got to spend time with while here. We left this morning around 10:00 with only 129 miles to drive to our next destination of Gilbert; the ATV Capital! Not why we chose the spot, but certainly why many others have before us. We thought it would be a great...

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