Taconite Harbor Timeline
1952 Erie Mining breaks ground for Hoyt Lakes, its new company town*
1953 Erie Mining begins building the Hoyt Lakes pelletizer.*
1953 EM began blasting at the dock site in TH*
EM creates a temporary trailer city of about 500 8- by 20 foot trailers and the two story structure that housed a restaurant and grocery.*
1955 Town of Hoyt Lakes incorporated*
First boat arrives with construction materials
1957 Construction finished and TH came online. Company pulled the trailers away and began building* the more permanent community of 24 houses with best view of lake on the north shore (3-4 bedroom models; foremen's houses had fireplaces.
April 14, 1957 - first taconite loaded at Hoyt Lakes
June 1957 First shipment of coal is delivered.
Sept. 26, 1957 J. A. Campbell received the first cargo of pellets (test run of facility) (10,800 tons)
Sept. 30 A. B. Wolvin loaded pellets. see next note
10/10/1957 First taconite pellets from Hoyt Lakes shipped on A.B. Wolvin -could be 10/16 - info came from book at MNHS
1967 EM expands production to 10.6 million tons per year
1968 famed Edmund Fitzgerald takes on 29,689 tons of taconite -didn't sink on return this time, but Daniel J. Morrell, a 603' ore carrier was head for Erie mining's new dock on Nov. 29, 1966 when it was snapped half, taking 28 men down with her.*
? 1970 EM produces 100 million tons
? 1981 EM produces 200 million tons
1986 a LTV Steel absorbs Erie Mining *
1986 LTV asks residents of TH to move. Population dropped from 74 in 5/86 to 12 in nov.. 1987.*
1987 EM officially becomes LTV Steel Mining Company
1990 last house is moved*
1/28/1993 Ash Spill
1/13/1997 Four locomotives and 93 cars carrying 7500 tons of taconite pellets derailed at the end of the five mile grade at Schroeder. Loading at the dock was the Paul R. Tregurtha, the largest boat on the Great Lakes. It left with a load of 40,000 tons of pellets. A full load would have been 670,000 tons.
2001 dock shuts down*
6-22-2001 Last train load of taconite pellets shipped out of TH.
* Info from "Taconite Harbor; a Ghost Town and Dead Dock The Iron range, Minnesota with love.
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