Artifacts of the Vermilion Iron Range Industrial Boom

This is a series about the artifacts of the local industrial and mining boom around the turn of the 20th Century that are still visible today, within Tower and Soudan and in the woods around them. We will try to explain what all of the more (and less) obvious things are and the history behind them, from the Jasper Peak lookout tower to the Stuntz Bay chimney and compressor room to the North American Mine fireplace and engine house.


History Kelly’s was a local “House of Ill Fame” located just outside of Tower, across the river. It probably operated between the late 1880s and the early 1930s. It was… [Read More]

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Thomas J. Walsh

History Thomas J. Walsh was a prominent member of Tower and Soudan’s history at the turn of the 20th Century, though his name seems all but forgotten. He was involved… [Read More]

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Tower & Soudan Street Railway Company

History For a short time before the turn of the 20th century, Tower and Soudan had a streetcar. The streetcar ran from Mill Point, through Tower along Main Street, to… [Read More]

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North American Brick, Tile and Pottery Company

History The North American Brick, Tile and Pottery Company was part of the industry surrounding the Town of Walsh, and was built and running while the North American Mine was… [Read More]

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Jasper Peak Fire Lookout Tower

History Jasper Peak, also known as Chester Peak, has long been a focal point of Lake Vermilion life. From the fire watch tower built on the top, to the park… [Read More]

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