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“Interesting to see if you're in the area, but don't make a special trip”
Review of Hull Rust Mine

Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Hibbing
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Owner description: The largest open pit mine in the world.
Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
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“Interesting to see if you're in the area, but don't make a special trip”
Reviewed August 1, 2010

My wife and I did a two week tour of several cities in Minnesota, including Grand Marais, Duluth & Hibbing. We were up there to escape the Florida heat and didn't really know what we were going to do, but turned out to have a really great vacation. Please see my other posts regarding lodging, meals, etc. if you are interested in a similar trip.

Spent a couple of days in Hibbing. The open mine pit was interesting to see. Pretty much a big ugly hole in the ground, but a necessary evil if you want to have things made from metal. It was interesting to watch the equipment work for a little while. I think they have guides there at certain times, but I don't think you'd spend more than 30 minutes or so.

The 'old' Hibbing was nice enough to walk around or ride your bike through, but nothing terribly exciting. It was more interesting to visit the Hibbing museum to learn about Hibbing's stories.

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Putnam, Connecticut
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“It's just a big hole in the ground, but there's a ghost town next door”
Reviewed July 8, 2010

The Hull-Rust Mine is big hole in the ground, pretty impressive for its sheer scale though certainly not pretty to look at. I was a lot more interested in the remains of North Hibbing nearby. The original town of Hibbing sat right on top of all that iron ore, and once the ore was discovered, the mine grew to surround it on three sides. Finally the company arranged to buy everyone out and give low interest loans for the construction of a new town a few miles to the south. Whole houses and hotels were moved to the new townsite. A litle piece of the original Hibbing remains (now known as North Hibbing) -- there are no buildings, but there are streets with a few foundations, lampposts and street signs. Part of it has been turned into a campground.

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Chillicothe, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
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“A spectacular visit.”
Reviewed October 13, 2008

We visited the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine on Sep. 29, 2008. It is said to be the largest open pit iron mine in the world. A convenient viewing area is provided overlooking the mine. One can watch the vehicles and activity far below. There is a small visitors center with a gift shop staffed by volunteers. They can give helpful information in answer to questions about the operation. There is also a display of some of the equipment used and a stationary 170 ton truck which visitors can explore. It is an enjoyable and educational stop.

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“A very interesting sight to see”
Reviewed September 1, 2007

If you are in the area of Hibbing, MN don't miss your chance to see the Hull Rust Mine View. The mine itself is a 3 mile by 2 mile wide active iron ore popen pit mine. There is a visitor's center (free) from which you can view the mine. Also on site is equipment used to mine the ore, including a massive two-story high dump truck used to haul ore. You can climb up in the cab of the truck, which is quite an interesting experience in and of itself. One can see similar trucks working in the mine and they, from afar, look like small toy trucks in the massive open pit mine. When I visited there were some old-timers from the mines answering questions. There are a variety of interesting fact sheets on site as well.

Directions: Exit Hwy 169 in Hibbing onto Howard St. Follow 9 blocks (.7mi) to 3rd Ave E. Take a right and follow past the Greyhound Bus Museum and follow the signs to Hull Rust. After you pass by the Greyhound Museum it will seem as if you are going into a park. Keep going despite the appearance that nothing of interest lies ahead. The road dead ends at the mine view.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“don't miss amazing history in small town”
Reviewed April 14, 2007

Hibbing may just seem like another small town but to dig deeper into it's roots will give you an amazing history lesson. Frank Hibbing is it's name sake and the town started with the finding of iron ore. The original town needed to move due to the mining that was gradually creeping closer and closer to homes and businesses. Only part of the original Hibbing can be seen by walkways that still exist and some historical markers about the schools, etc. that once occupied that piece of land. The Hull Rust mine is a large open pit mine that one is immediately in awe of seeing. If you have time please go to the museum which is located in a quaint town hall building just off Howard Street and 4th or 5th Avenue. The museum shows entire buildings being moved from "North" Hibbing to the current Hibbing. Hibbing's High School is the most beautiful high school one will ever experience. The breathtaking auditorium built with iron ore money was fashioned after the Capitol Theater in New York City. The chandeliers alone are insured for $250,000 each. Over 1900 pipes are in the Barton organ and only 2 such organs exist today. Don't pass up this little town!

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