To forget our past, is to lose sight of our future…
The next meeting of the Friends of the MMHP will be on November 26 at 6 pmat the Suffolk Ale House in Ironwood.
During our Annual Membership Meeting, the Leadership Team for the upcoming year was elected. Thanks to all of the people who volunteered on the board last year and for serving for the upcoming year! Here are the results:
President: Monie Shackleford
Vice President: Rick Semo
Treasurer: Anne Lawrence
Secretary: Annette Burchell
Trails Chair: Morgan Grasso
Historian: Ivan Hellen
Activities Chair: Tom Kangas
Publicity Chair: TBA
2013 Vigil for the Pabst Mine Disaster and Sign Unveiling
On September 24th, the Friends of MMHP hosted the 5th annual vigil for the Pabst Mine Disaster of 1926. Twenty-five people attended the vigil, including some relatives of the 43 men trapped for 5 days after a cave-in at the G-Shaft. Three other men were killed during the cave-in.
In addition to the vigil, two new signs were unveiled. One at the G Shaft and one at the H Shaft of the Pabst Mine. The Friends of MMHP designed the signs, and Jacquart Fabric Products donated the printing costs for the signs. The H Shaft is on the east side of Bonnie Street.
The Miners Memorial Heritage Park (MMHP) encompasses the former iron ore mining locations within the City of Ironwood (locally known as the caves area). The discovery of these mines resulted in the establishment of the City of Ironwood in the latter part of the 19th century. The last iron ore mine in the City of Ironwood closed in 1966.
Our group, the Friends of the Miners Memorial Heritage Park, was formed to promote,
create the Miners Memorial Heritage Park within the mining areas of Ironwood.
In July 2010, the City of Ironwood passed a resolution which created the
Miners Memorial Heritage Park by the request of the Friends of Miners Memorial Heritage Park.
We plan on
creating interpretive signs along paths that inform visitors of the buildings and mine shafts
years were part of the landscape. Miners Memorial Heritage Park encourages visitors to learn about
respect the mining heritage of the area, provide four-season exercise and recreational venues and
direct and indirect economic benefits.
Interpretive signage, reconstruction of a mining headframe and
historical photos will create an outdoor museum allowing the individual to experience history
Non-motorized trails will be used for activities including hiking, biking, running, walking,
snowshoeing and cross country skiing, while providing safe corridors between many locations
City of Ironwood and the opportunity for regional trail connections. Miners Memorial Heritage
provide a unique attraction for residents and tourists alike!
The Park is “Dedicated to those who toiled underground to work these mines. Many died in the
future generations could live in the light.”
A donation was made in memory for George D. Skaja of Ironwood by the Patrick Skaja family (Pat, Mary Ann, Katie and Amy. "Beloved Father and Grandfather"
Edward Alonen On February 25th, one of our members, Ed Alonen, passed away. Ed had attended meetings, parades, cleanups, and helped chip the Aurora Trail last summer. Ed was a miner in the Newport and Geneva Mines in Ironwood, as well as the White Pine Mine. In addition, he was a World War II veteran. It is sad to lose someone with such a direct connection to the mining history of Ironwood. Condolences go out to his family.
Gordon and Betsy Pekuri donated to the MMHP in honor of Mark Fitting.
Gus and Joanne Ricca donated in memory of August Mattson a former miner.