IRHS Books

The Society has several new books for sale. Most were written and/or published by the Iron Range Historical Society. To place an order, please call the Society at (218)749-3150, send an email ironrangehistsoc@gmail.com, or send a written request to IRHS, Post Office Box 786, Gilbert, MN 55741. Be sure to list the title(s) you are requesting. Please note payment must be received prior to shipping.

History of Eveleth by Margaret E. More ./images/books/History-of-Eveleth.jpg $12.00 + $5 postage The original History of Eveleth was printed as a serial in the Eveleth News-Clarion on July 31,1947. IRHS has copied the original as printed in 1947 from the newspaper with a few minor changes. Ms. More writes about the early days of Eveleth and describes changes and growth in the city, its businesses, and its people. The photographs included with this printing belong to the Iron Range Historical Society. Historic Slavic Music 2016 ./images/books/Historic-Slavic-Music.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage The book includes narration and 50 wonderful pictures depicting button box, accordion, and concertina players, as well as Tamburitzans with accompanying instruments of each. Iron Range Ghost Locations 2015 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Ghost-Locations.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage Winston City (not Winton) was the first ghost town when gold prospectors left after failing to find profitable gold. The other ghost towns in the book include; Old Mesaba (near Hoyt Lakes), Merritt (near Biwabik), Elcor (near McKinley), North Hibbing, and Hinsdale (near Hoyt Lakes). Iron Range Ghost Towns 2014 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Ghost-Towns.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage Winston City (not Winton) was the first ghost town when gold prospectors left after failing to find profitable gold. The other ghost towns in the book include; Old Mesaba (near Hoyt Lakes), Merritt (near Biwabik), Elcor (near McKinley), North Hibbing, and Hinsdale (near Hoyt Lakes). Iron Range Firsts 2013 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Firsts.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage The area of Soudan is given credit as the first source of iron ore in the Superior and Duluth area. Mountain Iron and Biwabik take honors as firsts in the mining industry on the Mesabi Range. The cover photo is of North Hibbing, which had to be moved as the mine approached. Iron Range Architecture 2012 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Architecture-2013.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage The cover in color is of the 100-year old Eveleth City Hall at the ceremony during the removal of the 100-year time capsule. Fifty photos in black and white are featured showing the architecture of various Range towns and information on each. Historic Commercial & Emergency Vehicles 2012 ./images/books/Historic-Commercial-and-Emergency-Vehicles-2012.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage James Korpi wrote this book on commercial and emergency vehicles used on the Iron Ranges through the years. The cover in color shows the burning of the McKinley School. Mining Machines 2010 ./images/books/Mining-Machines.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage The photographs for this book were taken from 15 albums belonging to IRHS beginning with the Soudan Mine in 1884. The book covers pick and shovel days, steam shovels, trains, small trucks whose front ends rose up if overfilled, to the huge trucks being used in the taconite mining era of today. Iron Range Beauty 2009 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Beauty-2009.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage The Beauty book cover in color is of the Embarrass Lake between Biwabik and Aurora. Included are the most attractive photographs of 50 of Iron Range cities and towns with brief information on all of them. Kettner Cartoon Calendar 2009 ./images/books/2009-Kettner-calendar.jpg $5.00 + $2 postage This calendar may not be accurate again until 2026 but at this price what's to stop you from buying it and owning a piece of history? As a bonus, you get to enjoy the cartoons of Kettner. Home is the Range by Raymond A. Newman 2009 ./images/books/Home-is-the-Range.jpg $15.00 + $2.50 postage Raymond A. Newman was a remarkable man blessed with the gift of a razor memory and the keen ability to sort through the dirt of every day life to unearth the treasures of the human condition. With a voice solely his own, he tells the tale of a unique place and time that was the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota at the beginning of the 20th century. His story offers a rare look at the melting pot of that era, an era few of us could even begin to comprehend. Gilbert Centennial 2008 ./images/books/Gilbert-Centennial.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage This book written in 2008 is, in its entirety, concerned with Gilbert photographs and information from the city’s beginning. The IRHS, located in the old Gilbert City Hall, has hundreds of photos of the Gilbert area. The 1951 Basketball Buccaneers by Tom Phillipich 2008 ./images/books/1951-Basketball-Buccaneers.jpg $15.00 + $3 postage In March of 1951, a basketball team from tiny Gilbert, Minnesota, battled its way into the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament, the state’s single biggest sports spectacle of that era. Led by their innovative head coach, a 6’9” 245-pound center, a skinny junior with uncanny long-range shooting skills, and a floor leader playing on one healthy leg, these indomitable Basketball Buccaneers won the state title and captured the hearts of an entire state. Book includes three original game radio broadcast CDs. Iron Range Food & Farming 2007 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Food-and-Farming.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage This book has photos and information on gardens; planting, harvesting, and selling food in the Iron Range area. This is not a recipe book, but it does contain some ethnic recipes: wild rice soup, Finnish pulla and pea soup, Scandinavian Lutefisk, Slovenian potica, Cornish pasty, and Italian spaghetti. Logging & Lumbering ./images/books/Logging-and-Lumbering.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage With the help of the John Deere Company, allowing us to use their photo for our green/yellow/black front cover, this was the first in the ongoing series of books published by IRHS yearly. The photos include lumberjacks, horses carrying huge loads of logs on ice roads, and many photos from the collection of Nick Shank. The story in this book is of Nick Shank’s logging efforts south of Biwabik. Iron Range Legacy by Mae S. Byrd 1982 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Legacy.jpg $3.00 + $2 postage Recollections of a homesteader in Palo, Minnesota; a small rural community in Northeastern Minnesota. She also recounts her efforts to attain success by leaving her home and family and eventually by finding her way back home again. This booklet contains many references about the early settlement of Palo. A Diamond Driller Reminisces by Albin Wicklund 1977 ./images/books/Diamond-Driller-Reminisces.jpg $5.00 + $2 postage This manuscript was written in 1949 and gives insight into one of the many thousands who came to the Iron Range, as it describes how Mr. Wicklund affected some of the changes contributing to the Range’s dynamic growth and development. The book takes the reader from Sweden to America and then across the world through the eyes of a diamond driller.