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Taconite DreamsThe Struggle to Sustain Mining on Minnesota's Iron Range, 1915-2000$
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Jeffrey T. Manuel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694297

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694297.001.0001

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The Turn to Heritage

The Turn to Heritage

Conflicts over Mining’s Memory

Chapter:
(p.163) Five The Turn to Heritage
Source:
Taconite Dreams
Author(s):

Jeffrey T. Manuel

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694297.003.0005

Chapter five describes how historical memory became a battleground on the postwar Iron Range. Amid conflict over the future direction of the Iron Range's economy, the region turned to heritage tourism. The centerpiece of heritage tourism on the Iron Range was a museum and entertainment complex known as Ironworld. Ironworld was a microcosm of the larger problems of historical memory on the Iron Range and in other declining industrial regions, where residents were torn between a desire to honor the industrial past and the challenge of moving into a post-industrial future.

Keywords:   Iron Range, mining history, heritage tourism, Ironworld, post-industrialism

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