We might as well have another mystery item. What is in this jar?
These were not being displayed, I found them under a display cabinet in the school room. I found a new spot for them. Not a Hubbard County item, but a Minnesota one for sure. I had no idea this is what they looked like.
I suppose I could give you a hint, these were from the North Shore town of Silver Bay, but they did not originate there. Guess away. Later in the day I will post the picture with the label.
Learn something new every day if we just take the time to look around:)
Update: It is a jar of taconite pellets.
Taconite is a low grade iron ore. It is crushed and ground into a fine powder. It is rolled into a pellet that contains 65% Iron. The pellets are easier to transport than huge pieces of rock that contain less than 15% iron. The pellets come by rail from the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota and are loaded on Ore Boats in Silver Bay or Duluth and head to the steel mills out east. The Edmund Fitzgerald was loaded with 26,160 long tons of taconite pellets when it sank on November 10, 1975.