Milford Mine site now open to public

The first phase of a memorial site for the Milford Mine disaster of 1924 is complete in Crow Wing County. The Milford tragedy took the lives of 41 miners on the Cuyuna Range, one of the three major historic iron ranges in northern Minnesota.

A park commemorating something so awful might not be the ball of fun one looks for in an outdoor recreation site, but its important that this site be remembered. The progress won for American workers — the five-day work week, the eight-hour work day, safety requirements and fair pay — was won on the backs of workers like the ones trapped beneath the ground at Milford. For a long time this site has been hard to reach. Now I have another stop to make next time I’m down Crosby way.

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