Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ
Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ
Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ
Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ
Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ
Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ

Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ

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Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont Wirth w/ DJ
 
Discovery and Exploitation of the Minnesota Iron Lands by Fremont P Wirth
Hard Cover w/ dust jacket (Has a plastic protective covering)
247 pages
Copyright 1937

CONTENTS
PREFACEvii
Chapter I
The Importance Of Minnesota's Iron Lands1
Chapter Ii
The Operation Of The United States Land Laws In The Minnesota Iron Region. 28
Chapter Iii
The Section Thirty Case. An Illustration Of The Operation Of The Land Laws.56
Chapter Iv
The Abuses Of The Land Laws In The Iron Region80
Chapter V
Lands Acquired By The Minnesota Iron Company.131
Chapter Vi
The Acquisition Of Large Holdings In The Iron Region   155
Chapter Vii
The Rockefeller Holdings In Minnesota186
Chapter Viii
Summary And Conclusions  207
PREFACE
This study is an inquiry into the exploitation of the iron resources of a pioneer state and therefore deals with a phase of the history of the West. The iron lands of Minnesota are located in a rather limited area so that it was possible to study the disposition of them somewhat in detail.
Many persons who took an active part in the discovery and development of these iron deposits were still living when the study was begun. The writer interviewed some of these people and corresponded with others. Among those interviewed were Leonidas and Alfred Merritt and George B. Fay, all of whom were explorers; Dwight E. Woodbridge, a mining engineer; and the officials of the United States Land Office at Duluth, one of whom was employed as a clerk at the office during the years when most of the entries were made. These interviews led to the location of valuable sources of information.
The main sources of information are the records of the United States Land Office at Duluth and the United States General Land Office at Washington. The following libraries were consulted: The Library of Congress, the University of Chicago Library, the Chicago Public Library, the John Crerar Library, the School of Mines Library of the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Historical Library, and the St. Louis County ( Minnesota) Historical Library. The latter contained several important manuscripts to which reference is made later. The manuscript division of the Minnesota State Library contains the J. W. Massingham papers of which use has been made. The Ignatius Donnelly papers, the Alexander Ramsey and William R. Marshall papers, are located there also; however, a careful examination of these yielded no information on the subject.
The writer had access to the private libraries of Alfred Merritt, George B. Fay, Dwight E. Woodbridge, John Stone Pardee, and to that of the Washburn Bailey and Mitchell law firm, all of Duluth; also the library of David T. Adams of Chicago. Several of these libraries contained manuscripts indispensable for this study. The scrap books of hundreds of newspaper clippings in Mr. Fay's library were helpful in that they gave references to persons connected with the discoveries and to the interest they had taken in the matter; however, no reference is made to them because they did not show the date nor the name of the paper from which they were clipped.
Some of the most important mining towns, such as Hibbing, Virginia, Coleraine, and Buhl were visited. Officials of some of the mining companies were consulted, though little information was derived from them.


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