Minnesota’s Iron Range
The Mesabi Iron Range, or “The Range” as it is fondly referred to by the locals is a stretch of land in North Eastern Minnesota that is rich in iron ore deposits. The Range is a very majestic and beautiful area. If you enjoy being outside in nature and like the atmosphere of life in a small community, this is the place to be.
When the Iron Range was first settled, it was known as somewhat of a melting pot. Many different nationalities came to live and work here. As a result, the Iron Range became host to a variety of customs, and an eclectic group of hardworking people with traditional values. Hunting and fishing are two very popular pastimes here, and vegetarians in the community make up a small minority, but I believe we are a growing number. It may seem like there are not a lot of vegetarian options in this land of lakes and loons, but if you know where to look, you can find many hidden gems along the way –and this blog is here to guide you on your journey.
From her rusty ore- rich soil to her many pristine lakes, the Iron Range is a great place to live or visit. So, if you happen to find yourself on “The Range” and need to know what your vegetarian options are- this blog can help show you the way.
Some Notable Facts About the Iron Range:
The world’s largest iron ore open pit mine is located in Hibbing.
Hibbing is the boyhood home of legendary singer – songwriter, Bob Dylan.
Hibbing is known as the “town that moved” because when iron ore was discovered directly under the city, many of the buildings were moved on logs to a location further south.
The word “Mesabi” is derived from an Ojibwa word meaning sleeping giant.
Grand Rapids is the birthplace of actress, Judy Garland.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is in Eveleth.
The Mesabi Trail is a paved bike path that winds its way across The Range’s beautiful terrain.