Minnesota: Pioneer Mine in Ely


My husband dragged us to the Pioneer Mine and I'm glad he did, because it turned out to be very interesting and kid-friendly.  The Shaft House is open to visitors Memorial Day to Labor Day on Tuesdays and Fridays.  

The Pioneer Mine is located in one of the oldest iron ranges in the world - Minnesota's Vermilion Iron Range.  The buildings and "A" headframe in Ely are the last such structures on the Vermilion Range with the exception of the Soudan Iron Mine at the south end of the range.