GSM 2016 July Iron Range - Day 1
Jul 31, 2016Public
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Photo: A 35-ft tall miner stands atop a spherical structure over steel beams piled on taconite rocks.
Photo: The whole structure clocks in at 85-ft tall, which puts it as the third-largest free-standing memorial in the US behind New York’s Statue of Liberty and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Photo: Designed by artist Jack Anderson and dedicated in 1987, the Iron Man stands in a roadside park off HWY 169 just across the street from Minnesota Discovery Center.
Photo: The Iron Man himself is made of copper brazed with brass, while the base is made of corten steel, which gradually turns to a deep redish-brown color.
Photo: Beneath the base lies a mound of crushed rock and taconite taken from Minnesota's five iron ranges.
Photo: The configuration on each side of the base represents the various shapes of steel forged in American steel mills.
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Photo: Pigeons enjoy basking on the memorial.
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Photo: The Iron Man's head is six feet high; his face depicts a man in his late twenties or thirties. His miner's helmet is 50 inches long and 24 inches high.
Photo: A sodium vapor lamp rests inside the candle atop the helmet. The Iron Man's shoulders measure 11 feet across. The distance from shoulder to waist is 9.5 feet.
Photo: His pants measure 17.5 feet from the waist to the cuff. The waist band is 228 inches. His solid boots are six feet long, 57 inches high, and two feet wide. Each bootlace is 80 inches long. His shovel weighs 400 pounds.
Photo: A caboose permanently placed just inside the Discovery Center at Wilpen Train Depot.
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Photo: How the railroad men kept warm during Minnesota winters.
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Photo: The flags represent the varied immigrants to the Iron Range, which was a melting pot almost as diverse as New York City.
Photo: The Ironworld Museum has two floors of exhibits about geology, mining, immigration and other aspects of the industrial and cultural history of the region, including the taconite mining process and the evolution of the industry on the Iron Range.