Interpretive Project for Mt. Iron National Landmark Site
Improvements and reconstruction of Locomotive Park, a National Historic Landmark, through interpretation signage at different locations on the site to tell the story of Mountain Iron mine and the miner's heritage in the community.
The admonition that nothing is worth saving unless the public has access applies to also to National Landmarks. Prior to this project the enormous open pit mine in Mountain Iron really did not meet this standard. The outcome of the project changed the status from intellectually in accessible to having its highly significant story being readily accessible to the public of all ages. The historical signage is not only informative, but has the ability to engage the public if they choose to participate in the activities suggested by the markers.
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.