Elcor used to be a town - or, actually it was a mining location. That means the mines owned the land, but you could own your home. You were encouraged to live there, close to the mine - convenience and amenities. But when the time came to dig under your house for money-making resources, you were out. There are still mining locations today. They won’t disappear in my lifetime, but eventually they will and someone may write a post like this. The ever-changing landscape of the Iron Range is simultaneously mind-boggling, fascinating, destructive and beautiful. My great-grandparents ran a boarding house in Sparta - half of which is now empty, save for ruins. For more reading on Iron Range ghost towns, visit ZenithCity.com.