photograph of people on the newly constructed stairway

Barn Bluff stairway

The newly completed Barn Bluff stairway, shown about 1929, provided hikers a safer trail to the summit. Construction for a 1960 highway bridge caused the destruction of this route but many of its stairs were saved. They became a part of a 1983 staircase to the bluff-top.

photograph depicting a group constructing a path up Barn Bluff

Webster's Way

Red Wing citizens construct Webster's Way, an improved path to Barn Bluff's summit, in spring 1899. A stairway that followed this path would be added in 1929.

postcard photograph showing Barn Bluff limestone formation

Whitney View

This c. 1860 photo shows the west face of Barn Bluff as viewed from the Wisconsin shore of the Mississippi River. Much of the lower portion of the bluff was removed in 1960 for construction of a highway bridge.

Barn Bluff

Roughly 10,000 years ago raging glacial meltwaters created the broad valley of the Upper Mississippi River that we know today. They also helped form one of the river’s most famous and significant landmarks, Barn Bluff.

portrait photograph of Judge Miles Lord

Portrait of Judge Miles Lord

Portrait of Judge Miles Lord, October 16, 1968

aerial view of Reserve Mining Company village

Reserve Mining Company Village, View of Silver Bay

Reserve Mining Company Village, View of Silver Bay, c.1960.

photograph of mining plant and harbor

View from the north hillside showing the E.W. Davis Works of the Reserve Mining Company and the harbor

View from the north hillside showing the E.W. Davis Works of the Reserve Mining Company and the harbor, c.1965.

aerial photograph of taconite processing plant on Silver Bay

Aerial view of Reserve Mining Company's taconite processing plant, Silver Bay

Aerial view of Reserve Mining Company's taconite processing plant, Silver Bay, 1956.

aerial photograph of Mesabi Iron Company plant

The old Babbitt plant of the Mesabi Iron Company was enlarged and rebuilt for use as a test plant by Reserve Mining Company in 1951-52. It operated from 1952-57 producing taconite pellets.

The old Babbitt plant of the Mesabi Iron Company was enlarged and rebuilt for use as a test plant by Reserve Mining Company in 1951-52. It operated from 1952-57 producing taconite pellets.

photograph of a small pile of taconite pellets

Taconite Pellets

Taconite pellets, c.1950.

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