My wife and I are on a mission to visit all the oversized local landmarks throughout Minnesota. This blog chronicles those visits and covers other related topics.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rocky Taconite

July 25th, 2006 - Silver Bay, MN

Rocky Taconite

One more stop along the north shore before we reach our destination, and it's certainly a favorite. Rocky Taconite, a cartoonish looking fellow, was built out of steel storage tanks to honor taconite, the ore that saved America's steel industry, and the people who discovered that you could extract iron from it. The steel industry was in trouble when the pure iron ores in the Mesabi Iron Range where being exhausted until they learned that this extraction from taconite was possible. Since taconite is abundant in the area, the Mesabi Range was saved. Rocky is perched on top of a giant slab of taconite.

He really should have his own Saturday morning cartoon.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this the Worls Largest Rocky Taconite?

Josh said...

I don't know officially, but I'll go out on a limb and say yes.

Anonymous said...

Check out Rocky's Facebook page!!!

http://www.facebook.com/RockyTaconite