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Waukon Iron Mine
Waukon Iron Mines, undated photo
~contributed by Aubrie Monroe (photo originally posted on FaceBook by Wm Witt)
The iron deposit north of Waukon was discovered by Charles Barnard in 1865 but he was not successful in finding anyone interested in developing a mine. Shortly after his death local businessment organized the Waukon Iron Co. and begain developing a mining operation in 1898. Due to transporting the ore to the railroad for shipment, this venture was not successful. The next owners were the Missouri Iron Co. of St. Louis, who purchased the mine in 1907. They built a railroad spur to ship the ore to Waukon and operated the plant for a short time in 1913 before it again closed. The mine was operated for a time during WWI, but never reopened after that time. Previously mined ore left at the mine site for decades, was sold and shipped in the late 1940's.
Charles Barnard (1818-1898) obituary
Bits of additional information about the Iron Mines can be found on various pages of this website. Search for "Iron Mines" in the search box on the main page of this website.
Interesting article from the Waukon Standard about the Iron Mine (opens in a new window)
Waukon Iron Mines
~contributed by Diana Diedrich
iron mines are again coming to the front, and Uncle
Charley Barnard is happy. J.D. Sine, an Illinois
insurance man, was here last week looking them over. He
carried away with him a lot of the ore to have it
assayed, and if it turns out as good as is expected, his
partner, S.W. Tolles, of Evansville, Indiana, a practical
miner, will come here immediately, finish making leases
and take charge of operations. Mr. Sine has already made
leases with Messrs. Barthell, Kasser and Schellsmidt
conditional on the mineral turning out satisfactory. He
leases the ground for two years with the privilege of
more, paying the owners forty-five cents per ton for all
mineral taken out that will yield forty-five per cent of
iron, and agrees to begin work within ninety days.
Waukon Iron Mines Sold For $200,000
The Kansas City Structural company has closed a deal whereby it becomes the owner of the Waukon iron mines. The price paid was $200,000. Already arrangements have been made for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway to build a spur to the mines.
The Missouri Iron company, owning a large tract of land in this belt, has also contracted for power from the Upper Iowa Power company and an 800 horse-power turbine will be installed at one and an electric generator of 750 horse-power.
~Dubuque Times-Journal, evening edition, Monday, September 19, 1910; pg 1
~transcribed by S. Ferrall for Allamakee co. IAGenWeb
past week the machinery at the iron mine has been given a
test and everything so far has proven satisfactory, the
electric tram car service being especially along the line
of perfection. The big seventy ton steam shovel was to be
given a try-out Monday, and we presume this, too, will be
Scene at Iron Mines, Waukon, IA
~contributed by Jan Miller
Steam Shovel, Waukon Iron mines
~contributed by Jan Miller
Removing Last Remnant of the Waukon Iron Mine Plant
Reprinted from the Waukon Democrat:
The reduction plant at the Waukon iron mines and the four
mile railroad track to its location north of Waukon is to
be junked, according to information gained by the Democrat
today. A member of the firm, E. Cohen & Sons, of
Cedar Rapids, has been here and negotiated with Wm.
Roach, Jefferson township farmer and financier, who has
come into possession of considerable of the acreage and
belongings of the Missouri Iron Mine Co. of St. Louis,
for the sale of the long disused tracks and plant. the
consideration between the Cohen firm and Mr. Roach has
not been disclosed.
Edward Goltra Died
Edward F. Goltra, president of the
Missouri Iron Company, which after 1907 invested
$1,250,000 in the Waukon Iron Mines, died in St. Louis
Monday at the age of 76, says the Allamakee Journal.
Mr. Goltra was the instrumental factor in developing the
Waukon mines and during the boom days of the project he
made frequent visits here in his own luxurious railway
car. Besides his high position in the Missouri Iron Co.,
millionaire Goltra was a director of the United States
Steel Co. The mine, which was Waukon's greatest industry,
ceased operation shortly after the United States entered
the World War, but during the height of activity it
provided employment for hundreds of local persons and
caused Waukon to grow with frontier town rapidity.
Waukon Iron Mines Write New History
Another chapter in the long history of
the Waukon iron mines was written this week when the
first shipment of 10,000 tons of processed iron ore was
shipped from Waukon to Chicago for processing.
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