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Pioneer Mine
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The Pioneer Mine's surface structures viewed from the northeast
Location
Location Vermilion Range
State Minnesota
Country United States
Coordinates 47°54′43″N 91°51′39″W / 47.91194°N 91.86083°W / 47.91194; -91.86083Coordinates: 47°54′43″N 91°51′39″W / 47.91194°N 91.86083°W / 47.91194; -91.86083
Production
Products Iron ore
Type Underground
Greatest depth 1,700 feet (520 m)
History
Opened 1889 (1889)
Closed 1967 (1967)
Pioneer Mine Buildings and "A" Headframe
Location 401 N. Pioneer Road, Ely, Minnesota
Area Less than one acre
NRHP reference No. 78003127
Added to NRHP November 28, 1978

The Pioneer Mine was an underground iron mine in Ely, Minnesota, United States, in operation from 1889 to 1967. It is one of only two such mines on the Vermilion Range whose above-ground structures are still standing, the other being the Soudan Mine. The Pioneer Mine Buildings and "A" Headframe were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 1978 for their state-level significance in the themes of engineering and industry. They were nominated for being some of the last vestiges of a once-common mining technique on the Vermilion Range.

The complex is undergoing adaptive reuse as the Ely Arts & Heritage Center.

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The Miners' Dry House
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