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.

Historic Slavic Music

2016
Historic Slavic Music

$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
Iron Range Ghost Locations

$12.00 + $2 postage

The ghost town locations chosen for this compilation were Section 30 (near Ely), Penobscot (Hibbing), Cooley (Nashwauk), Spruce/Chickentown (Eveleth), Costin (Mountain Iron), Fraser (Chisholm), and Manganese.

Iron Range Ghost Towns

2014
Iron Range Ghost Towns

$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
Iron Range Firsts

$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
Iron Range Architecture

$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
Historic Commercial  & Emergency Vehicles

$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
Mining Machines

$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
Iron Range Beauty

$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
2009 Kettner calendar

$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
Home is the Range

$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
Gilbert Centennial

$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
1951 Basketball Buccaneers

$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
Iron Range Food  & Farming

$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

Logging  & Lumbering

$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
Iron Range Legacy

$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
Diamond Driller Reminisces

$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.