Black and white photograph of an iron ore shaft and stock pile in Virginia, Minnesota, 1915.

Iron ore shaft and stock pile in Virginia

Iron ore shaft and stock pile in Virginia, Minnesota, 1915.

Black and white photograph of the first mine on the Mesabi Range, near Mountain Iron, ca. 1892. Photographed by Louis Perry Gallagher.

First mine on the Mesabi Range, near Mountain Iron

First mine on the Mesabi Range, near Mountain Iron, ca. 1892. Photographed by Louis Perry Gallagher.

Black and white photograph of an electric shovel in operation at the Mesabi Mountain open pit mine in Franklin, ca. 1935. Photographed by Kurt B. Florman.

Electric shovel

Electric shovel in operation at the Mesabi Mountain open pit mine in Franklin, ca. 1935. Photographed by Kurt B. Florman.

Black and white photograph of a Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway ore train, Duluth, ca. 1920. Photographed by Louis Perry Gallagher.

Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway ore train

Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway ore train, Duluth, ca. 1920. Photographed by Louis Perry Gallagher.

Black and white photograph of Mesabi Mountain open pit mine in Franklin, 1936. Photographed by Thor L. Nielsen.

Mesabi Mountain open pit mine in Franklin

Mesabi Mountain open pit mine in Franklin, 1936. Photographed by Thor L. Nielsen.

Minnesota Public School Fund

In 1854, the United States took the mineral-rich lands of northeastern Minnesota Territory from the Ojibwe Nation after the signing of the Treaty of La Pointe. Four years later, it granted to the new state of Minnesota sections 16 and 36 of every one of its townships, either to be held in trust or leased to support state schools. Close to three million acres were dedicated to a public school trust fund, and the iron ore and forest lands of the Ojibwe generated over 85 percent of its value. In 2017, it is worth over a billion dollars.

Black and white aerial photograph of the Weyehaeuser Company, Albert Lea, MN, 1972.

Aerial view of the Weyehaeuser Company

Aerial view of the Weyehaeuser Company, Albert Lea, MN, 1972. Photographed by Vincent H. Mart.

Black and white aerial photograph of Weyerhaeuser Twin City yard and surrounding area, 2563 Franklin Avenue, St. Paul, 1953.

Weyerhaeuser Twin City yard and surrounding area

Weyerhaeuser Twin City yard and surrounding area, 2563 Franklin Avenue, St. Paul, 1953. Photographed by Ver Keljik.

Black and white photograph of lumber milling equipment, St. Paul branch of the Weyerhaeuser Company, ca. 1935.

Lumber milling equipment, St. Paul branch of the Weyerhaeuser Company

Lumber milling equipment, St. Paul branch of the Weyerhaeuser Company, ca. 1935.

Black and white photograph of the interior of warehouse, St. Paul branch of Weyerhaeuser Company, ca. 1935.

Interior of warehouse, St. Paul branch of Weyerhaeuser Company

Interior of warehouse, St. Paul branch of Weyerhaeuser Company, ca. 1935.

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