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Milford Mine Historic District clears state hurdle

The Minnesota Historical Society’s State Review Board unanimously approved the Milford Mine Historic District for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places on March 22.

Next steps in the nomination process will include a final review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. 

“I am very excited about the Milford Mine nomination to the National Register and I look forward to the final approval from the National Park Service sometime in June,” County Commissioner Doug Houge said in a news release. “The Milford Mine is a significant part of our culture and history in Crow Wing County.”

The Milford Mine Historic District is the site where 41 miners lost their lives in the worst mining disaster in Minnesota history in 1924. The site is located on the Cuyuna Iron Range, northwest of Crosby and covers about 180 acres of Crow Wing County managed land. It is located within the boundaries of the Milford Mine Memorial Park. 

Crow Wing County is   working on a four-phase project to complete the memorial park. Phase One, which was completed last fall, included the construction of an access road, parking lot and canoe launch. Future construction phases will include walking trails, a picnic shelter and interpretive and educational signs.