Wednesday, June 15, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: June 15

June 15, 1910 – The old townsite of Ironton and the buildings contained thereon today became the property of the Riverside Land Company, of which J. L. Washburn and Marion Douglas are the chief stockholders.

The property comprises about 20 acres and although the price paid was not made public, it is estimated that the new owners paid $50,000 for the property.

Ironton lies just beyond West Duluth and east of Smithville.

It borders on the river and is considered a valuable manufacturing site.

Ironton is a western district of the city of Duluth, containing the great manufacturing plant of the United States Steel Corporation.1

Manufacturing plant of the United States Steel Corporation2

“In 1910, the US Steel Corporation selected the Duluth Works site as the location for a new steel manufacturing facility, which was fully constructed by 1916. The site was selected for its large size, proximity to the ore reserves, and location adjacent to Duluth’s inland port. The location allowed for low-cost shipping of steel products to national and international markets.”

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Ironton Townsite Is Bought. $50,000 Probably Paid for Property Near Duluth”; June 16, 1910; p. 1.



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