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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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A Technological Fix?

A Technological Fix?

Edward W. Davis and the Creation of Taconite

(p.1) One A Technological Fix?
Taconite Dreams

Jeffrey T. Manuel

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter one describes how taconite technology was offered as a painless fix for the declining region in the mid-twentieth century. Focusing on engineer Edward W. Davis, known as “Mr. Taconite,” this chapter describes the decades of work required to perfect low-grade taconite ore milling and shift the iron ore industry from older hematite mines to new taconite mines, which required work in politics and marketing as well as engineering.

Keywords:   taconite, Edward Davis, Mr Taconite, iron ore industry, Iron Range, mining history

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