Babbitt, Minnesota

Babbitt is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States, the city  population  in yr. 2000,  was 1,670.

The city grew out of the formation of a taconite mine built by the Armco and Republic Steel starting in 1944. The company town was built near the eastern edge of the Mesabi Iron Range. The city of Silver Bay was built simultaneously along Lake Superior (60 miles to the southeast), and connected by train, for transportation of iron ore to cities along the Great Lakes. The steel for the navy ship hosting the web page could well have come from this area. The ship is USS Kawishiwi AO-146. which is much larger than the beautiful HOUSE BOATS on Birch Lake.
This steel hull is destined to be a recreational DIVERS REEF on the coast of California.
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Did you know Kawishiwi was the logistic ship on station when APOLLO 13 splashed down in the South Pacific.

She was also on station to supply fuel for the helicopters that EVACUATED SAIGON.

View Kawishiwi's TRAVELS.

View Mining VIDEO below:
MINING VIDEO
The operation at Virginia, MN is ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine, Inc.. Most of the pellets are shipped to its plants
 in Indiana, which sell steel to the automotive, appliance, construction, and housing industries. Other operatrions,
 like Hibbing, have have other steel plants to feed. Last year, several ships left the Ore Docks in Superior,
Wisconsin, bound for Algeria, with about 200,000 long tons of taconite.
They were the first of Hibbing Taconite’s pellets to leave North America.


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