Collection Spotlight: Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company Photographs

If you are at all familiar with our archives, you are probably aware that one of our largest collections is from the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company (CCI), the largest employer in Marquette County for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. This collection contains correspondence, annual reports, payrolls, maps, photographs, and more. Today we are highlighting the photographic collection, all of which can be viewed online. Most of the photos are from the 1950s, but a few are from as early as 1910.

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Storage Battery Locomotives in the Republic Mine, 1920.

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CCI also had a lumber division producing wood to fuel their mines and other operations. This is a hauling team transporting logs down a trail from the Limestone Softwood Job in Alger County, 1910.

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The Minnesota Summer Exploration Staff, July 1952. Exploration staffs looked for possible mine sites. See this page for a full list of names.

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The Geological Department, Summer 1952. See this page for a full list of names.

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An employee at the Halliburton Reel in Operation for Testing Diamond Drill Hole Deviation, 1951.

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A wood pipe in construction at the McClure Plant near Dead River in Marquette County, 1918.

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Albert Pin, a shift boss, at a control dispatcher station on the 8th level, 1955.

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Cleveland-Cliff employees in front of the Cliffs Shaft Mine in Ishpeming, MI, 1952.

Please see this page for a complete list of names.

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Shallow Hole Trailer Drill with a mounted diamond core drill and pump with tripod mast erected at the Ishpeming Centennial Parade. From left to right, Victor Nelson, Alvin Nelson and Swante Merrila, 1954.

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Ohio Mine, 1954.

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Drilling holes for installation of rock bolts in the 9th Level drift heading, 1954.

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Cleveland Cliff employees at Central Basin field camp, Summer 1952. Note how young they look!

For more CCI photographs, please see our online album. Interested in the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company? Be sure to stop by and check it out!

 

Written by Annika Peterson

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