Miners at Troy Mine outside the town of Eveleth

Miners at Troy Mine outside the town of Eveleth

Miners at Troy Mine outside the town of Eveleth on the Mesabi Iron Range, c.1905.

Underground mining on the Mesabi Range

Underground mining on the Mesabi Range

Underground mining on the Mesabi Range, 1906.

Blast hole drilling crew at the Mahoning Mine, Hibbing

Blast hole drilling crew at the Mahoning Mine, Hibbing

Blast hole drilling crew at the Mahoning Mine, Hibbing, 1901. Hibbing is located on the Mesabi Iron Range.

Underground miner, Mesabi Range

Underground miner, Mesabi Range

Underground miner, Mesabi Range, c.1906.

Mesabi Range Strike, 1907

Tired of ethnic discrimination as well as dangerous working conditions, low wages, and long work days, immigrant iron miners on the Mesabi Range in northeastern Minnesota went on strike on July 20, 1907. It was the first organized strike on the state's Iron Range.

Eva McDonald Valesh Cross and her son Frank Morgan Valesh

Eva McDonald Valesh Cross and her son Frank Morgan Valesh

Eva McDonald Valesh Cross and her son Frank Morgan Valesh, c.1950.

Eva McDonald Valesh

Eva McDonald Valesh

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1900-1910.

Frank Valesh (husband of Eva McDonald Valesh)

Frank Valesh (husband of Eva McDonald Valesh)

Frank Valesh (husband of Eva McDonald Valesh), c.1900.

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1886

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1886

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1886

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1885

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1885

Eva McDonald Valesh, c.1885. Photographer: Rugg.

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