Gogebic Iron Range
The Gogebic Iron Range, which may be seen to the south of here
extends for 80 miles from Lake Namekagon, Wisconsin, to Lake
Gogebic (Chippewa for "place of diving") in Michigan. Prior to the
discovery of iron ore, the area was relatively uninhabited as the
land was ill-suited to agriculture. Nathaniel D. Moore uncovered
ore deposits in the Penokee gap near Bessemer in 1872, but it was
not until 1884 that the first mine shipment was made. The news
spread rapidly, attracting speculators, investors and settlers. By
1886 there were 54 mines on the range, and the area was boomed as
having "inexhaustible deposits of uniformly high-grade Bessemer
ores." For a brief period stocks rose 1200 percent. The crash in
1887 ended the extravagant prosperity.
"Gogebic Iron Range."
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