Mine to Mill: History of the Great Lakes Iron Trade: From the Iron Ranges to Sault Ste. Marie

Phillip J. Stager

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The history of the iron ore trade on the Great Lakes, from 1900 to 1980, is perhaps best related in visual form. Historians and enthusiasts alike can now learn about this important part of our country's industrial heritage in nearly 300 views of the mines, railroads, loading docks, and ships of the Great Lakes. Through the medium of the picture postcard, discover the underground and huge open-pit mines on the iron ranges in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, and ride the rails as the iron is moved from the mines to the giant loading docks at the Upper Lake ports. In calm seas and stormy weather, travel from these ports to the international locks at Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan and Ontario. The accurate descriptions and comprehensive deltiological information will appeal to postcard collectors, rail and nautical enthusiasts, industrial archeologists, and lovers of Great Lakes history.

Size: 11" x 8 1/2" | 321 color photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347672

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Phillip J. Stager is a retired US Coast Guard officer and naval engineer now residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a nationally accredited philatelic judge and has assembled award-winning exhibits on a wide variety of subjects, including Zeppelin mail, sexually transmitted diseases, and palm trees of several species. He has also prepared award-winning picture postcard exhibits on royal palms, the waterfront of Cleveland, Ohio, and the subject of this book, the iron ore trade on the Great Lakes. He is also an accomplished ship model builder and self-described "palm nut" with a tropical garden full of palms and other plants.