MAPS

Maps are beautiful and artistic, practical and imaginative. They are also instructional, showing historical changes. I have encountered lots of maps recently, as I try to understand the changing landscape of the Iron Range. It is impossible, that task. On a smaller scale, I am only trying to identify a few of my favorite pit lakes - the ‘exhausted’ or abandoned cavities that have filled with water after anything deemed valuable was removed.

Some of my favorite map words:

MINE EXHAUSTED INACTIVE INTERESTS
OPEN PIT STRIPPING DUMP
ANNEX
CAVED AREA ROCK DUMPS

(These are USGA topographic maps, and maps from ‘Mesabi Range Maps’ prepared by Great Northern Iron Ore Properties. If you’d like more info, visit the resources page.)