Interpretive Project for Mt. Iron National Landmark Site

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Mountain Iron
Start Date
March 2010
End Date
September 2010
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview

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.


Project Details
To increase public accessibility to Mountain Iron Mine National Historic Landmark.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
Appropriation Language

(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.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Street Address
8586 Enterprise Drive South
Mountain Iron
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155