From Itineraries Minnesota Summer Issue 2006
11 – 12:00 pm
Step back into the past aboard Ironworld’s authentic trolley, and embark on a journey through time. The picturesque 2.4-mile railway winds around the beautiful Pillsbury mine pit and deposits you at the Glen location, a re-creation of an early iron mining community. Disembark at Wilpen Depot to experience what life was like for our early miners and their families.
12 – 1:00 pm
Savor the aroma of a home cooked meal at an authentically restored 1908 house — and imagine sharing your life with others at the renovated 1905 Hill’s Finn Boarding House.
1 – 3:00 pm
Board the trolley for the trek back to the main park where you’ll find interpretive sites filled with authentic relics from the hardscrabble days of the past. Get a real sense of the rugged, subsistence lifestyles of early Native Americans, pioneers and homesteaders. Discover the fascinating culture and architecture of the Sami people and much more.
3 – 4:30 pm
The park also offers a museum, which features two floors of exhibits that highlight geology, mining, immigration and other aspects of the industrial and cultural history of the region. Learn about the taconite mining process and the evolution of the industry on the Iron Range.
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Feel free to join in and ask questions. Listen, learn, see and feel a history that mines the past and celebrates the present.
For more information or to customize this tour contact your tour operator or the Ironworld Discovery Center at 800-372-6437.