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“Surprisingly Interesting for Adults and Kids Too”
Review of Hull Rust Mine

Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Hibbing
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Owner description: The largest open pit mine in the world.
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Oddly enough, no one does much to promote this place. It's not easy to find, and once there, there is nothing glitzy about it. Of course, the operations of an iron mine which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and has been doing that for decades should not be glitzy...but somehow it really is interesting.

Anyway, getting to the largest open-pit iron mine in the world is easy if someone tells you. It's almost a secret...probably because no one is making any $$ from the public presentation...it's FREE! That said, there are some really pleasant volunteers who staff the operation, and they've provided a range of interesting factual materials.

But really, you're here to see the mine, right? Well, the space is huge and in some ways looks a bit like the Grand Canyon. However, the actual work of mining, well, it's going on a mile or more away. Imagine: Huge trucks which can haul 240 tons (that's TONS!) of material with one load running all over the landscape, but it's more than a mile away. I'll try to post a photo of the trucks...but for kids...well it's not so exciting to see the mine operations underway (maybe for adults too).

The good folks have tried to make up for that by having a retired truck near the entrance to the area. Kids/adults can climb up into it, and get the feel a driver might have of driving a small house around for 12 hours per day (that's the shift).

Long story short, if you're nearby, you should take a look. As you drive to the site you'll pass the somewhat ghostly remains of North Hibbing...the town which had to move to accommodate the mines.

Thank ExGMan
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Hull Rust Mine makes for a very nice trip - especially with children or grandchildren. It is educational and interesting. The mine is active for many years, so you can actually see the huge trucks working on most days. In addition, there is a selection of equipment that makes for an excellent photo op. Plan to spend an hour or two here.

Thank Jack B
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Huge open cut mine, interesting to learn about the history of the area, how they moved the whole town.

Thank Christabel58
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Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

A fun trip for the kids. . They can see the big dump trucks working down below. There's is also a big dump trunk you can climb on!

1  Thank Beckie G
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I have visited this site a number of times over the years. It is a great place to bring out-of-town guests for a view of a working mine. Also available on site are some pieces of mining equipment so folks can get an up close experience with the size of trucks and other pieces that have been used. Inside the visitor center/gift shop you will find knowledgeable volunteers who can answer questions and direct you to other places of interest in the area.

Local artists have items available for sale in the shop. Make sure you check them out!

1  Thank Vicki N
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