IRHS Books

The Iron Range Historical Society has published many books over the years. Most were written by volunteers of the Society. To place an order for any of the books listed on this page, please call the Society at (218)749-3150, send an email, or send a written request to IRHS, 5454 Grand Avenue, McKinley, MN 55741. Be sure to list the title(s) you are requesting. Please note payment must be received prior to shipping.

Sisu: The Finns Have It 2018 ./images/books/Sisu-The-Finns-Have-It.jpg $12.00 + $3 postage Persons of Finnish extraction and those who have assisted Finns included among the photos and text are: a signer of the US Declaration of Independence, Biwabik's own spy during World War II, a confused professor from Estonia, a female woodchopper, and many others. History of Eveleth by Margaret E. More ./images/books/History-of-Eveleth.jpg $12.00 + $5 postage The original History of Eveleth was printed as a serial in the Eveleth News-Clarion on July 31,1947. IRHS has copied the original as printed in 1947 from the newspaper with a few minor changes. Ms. More writes about the early days of Eveleth and describes changes and growth in the city, its businesses, and its people. The photographs included with this printing belong to the Iron Range Historical Society. Historic Slavic Music 2016 ./images/books/Historic-Slavic-Music.jpg $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 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Ghost-Locations.jpg $12.00 + $2 postage The ghost locations chosen for this book include; Section 30 (Ely), Penobscot (Hibbing), Cooley (Nashwauk), Spruce/Chickentown (Eveleth), Costin (Mountain Iron), Fraser (Chisholm), and Manganese. Iron Range Ghost Towns 2014 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Ghost-Towns.jpg $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 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Firsts.jpg $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 ./images/books/Iron-Range-Architecture-2013.jpg $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 ./images/books/Historic-Commercial-and-Emergency-Vehicles-2012.jpg $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 ./images/books/Mining-Machines.jpg $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 ~ $12.00 + $2 postage

Kettner Cartoon Calendar ~ 2009 ~ $5.00 + $2 postage

Home is the Range by Raymond A. Newman ~ 2009 ~ $15.00 + $2 postage

Gilbert Centennial ~ 2008 ~ $12.00 + $2 postage

1951 Basketball Buccaneers by Tom Phillipich ~ includes CD ~ 2008 ~ $15.00 + $3 postage

A Day at McKinley School by Ellen Pickering ~ 2008 ~ $12.00 + $2 postage

Iron Range Food & Farming ~ 2007 ~ $12.00 + $2 postage

Logging & Lumbering ~ 2006 ~ $12.00 + $2 postage

Post Cards: Early Life on the Iron Range ~ 1983 ~ $3.00 + $2 postage

A Photo Essay of an Iron Mining Community: Hibbing, Minnesota ~ 1982 ~ $6.50 + $2 postage

Eveleth, City on the Hill ~ 1982 ~ $5.00 + $2 postage

Iron Range Legacy by Mae S. Byrd ~ 1982 ~ $3.00 + $2 postage

A Diamond Driller Reminisces by Albin Wicklund ~ 1977 ~ $5.00 + $2 postage