Minnesota

Until recently, when the corporate HQ was moved to Virginia, ATK was headquartered in this building in the suburbs of Minneapolis. ATK is a military products company that specializes in the full range of projectiles, from bullets to ballistic missiles. Also...

Though privately owned and occupied, the existence of the childhood home of Bob "Dylan" Zimmerman emits a strong interpretive presence in Hibbing. He has said little about the place directly, but the assumption is that the town and the mining industry it...

A museum operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, explaining the roles of Duluth and Superior in Great Lakes shipping and the importance of maintaining the nation's waterways. Location offers the best view in the city for watching vessels entering and...

Cargill is a company of superlatives, and a company with many unique qualities. It is one of the largest food companies in the world; the nation's largest grain trader; and the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue. Over...

Hibbing is also the "birthplace of the bus industry in the United States." It was here that a local shuttle service between Hibbing and Alice slowly grew and became Greyhound Bus Lines. The story is told in a museum of artifacts, dioramas, and architectural...

The Hull-Rust-Mahoning Pit, immediately adjacent to the town of Hibbing, has been called the "Man-made Grand Canyon" and the "largest open pit iron mine in the world" (the latter claim is made by a few other locations as well). The three-mile-long meandering...

The consolidated network of pits north of Hibbing, called the Hull Rust Mahoning Pit, is the largest iron mine pit in the nation. Known as the Grand Canyon of the North, the pit is 3.5 miles wide and 500 feet deep, has been worked for over 100 years, and is...

Railroad history museum, concentrating on the early days of railroads in the Lake Superior region. Many restored specimens of steam locomotives.

The largest hockey stick in the world may or may not be the 110 foot long version erected in Eveleth. There is a stick nearly twice as large in Duncan, British Columbia, though it is said not to be a "real" hockey stick, as it is not structured like a hockey...

350 stores, an amusement park, and a claimed rate of over 40 million visitors annually, make this the largest enclosed mall in the USA.

Operated by the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce, this mine overlook was originally established for mine foremen to view the operations below, a network of pits known as the Rouchleau group, a mine complex nearly three miles long and 450 feet deep, which was...

Minnesota Discovery Center (formerly known as Ironworld Discovery Center), is an interpretive attraction built in and around an old iron pit and slag piles in the 1970s, as part of an early attempt to replace the shrinking mining industry with tourism. The...

The Minnesota Mining Museum is a cluster of outbuildings, machinery and artifacts spread around the grounds, including trains, drill rigs, haul trucks, and steam and electric shovels that sculpted the landforms around town. The focal point for the museum is...

The town of North Hibbing was moved in the 1920s to make room for expansion of the Hull Rust iron pit. Though many mining towns have been moved in the past, this former town site is unique because it has been developed into a frisbee golf course. Each "hole"...

Mel Chin created and maintained this piece from 1990 to 1993. Surrounded by a square control area, a circular fence divides a portion of hazardous waste landfill into quadrants of plants (known as hyperaccumulators) that absorb and process metal from the...

The Soudan Mine would be simply superlative as the largest underground iron mine in the state at the time it closed in 1963, and became a state park, attracting tourists to its half-mile depths, but it has become an unusual high tech research environment as...

UMore Park is a mysterious multilayered R&Dscape of ruins and gated areas. This 12,000-acre area surrounded by farmland south of the Twin Cities has had a variety of uses since 1941, many of which have left interesting vestiges. In WW2 it was hurriedly...

A major component of the city's park system, the 11-acre site features more than 40 works from the Walker Art Center's fabled collection. Some of the artists whose pieces are on display include Henry Moore, Mark di Suvero, Magdalena Abakanowicz, James Turrell...