from Ag to Zn
Located in Hibbing, MN
The Heart of the Mesabi Iron Range
John M. Longyear
Russell M. Bennett
Gov. John S. Pillsbury
George A. Pillsbury
Charles A. Pillsbury
1890 Memorandum of Agreement
Bennett and Longyear to receive a one-half interest in the Pillsbury lands if they can find ore. Similar arrangement for Wright & Davis lands.
E. J. Longyear is hired to explore the lands. He brings the first diamond drill to the Mesabi Range in 1890.
Iron Ore Discovered
In 1892, E. J. Longyear and his crew find rich ore near Chisholm. This discovery formalizes the joint venture partnership and becomes their first mine, the Pillsbury.
Meriden Iron Company est. 1903
With the onset of mining in 1902, the joint venture needed a representative on the Mesabi Range to oversee its leases.
The Original Land Companies
· Sargent Land Company
· Sutton Land Company
· Kearsarge Land Company
· Keewatin Mining Company
Superior Mineral Resources
2009—Land ownership consolidated into a single entity, Meriden remains as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Backed by over a century of mineral asset ownership and management, you can put our experience to work for you. Most mineral owners miss out on maximizing the amount of revenue they are entitled to. We have the expertise to manage your mineral properties to their fullest potential.
As the 19th century was winding down, few suspected that iron ore was hidden beneath the vast northern Minnesota timberlands. Among those few, our founders, whose intuition and foresight became the Mesabi Miracle, which has grown into a comprehensive mineral management enterprise.