Chisholm's Iron Man Statue


Chisholm, Minnesota


The Iron Man (Iron Ore Miner) Memorial just off U. S. Highway 169 to the west of Chisholm. Originally conceived as an idea in 1947, the memorial was compete in June 1987 and dedicated on July 4, 1987.

The Iron Man firgure and the memorial's base, designed by the sculptor Jack Anderson of Lake Linden, Mich., is 85 feet high and weighs 150 tons. It is the third highest free standing memorial in the United States of America, Only the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are larger. The Iron Man himself is made of copper brazed with brass, while the base is made of corten steel, which gradually turns to a deep redish-brown color. The configuration on each side of the base represent the various shapes of steel forged in American steel mills. Beneath the base lies a mound of crushed rock and taconite taken from Minnesota's three iron ranges. An engraved tabletop memorial plaque with the inspirational poem "The Emergence of Man Through Steel" by Veda Ponikvar stands nearby.

The Iron Man's head is six feet high; his face depicts a man in his late twenties or thirties. His miner's helmet is 50 inches long and 24 inches high. A sodium vapor lamp rest inside the candle atop the helmet. The Iron Man's shoulders measure 11 feet across. The distance from shoulder to waist is 9.5 feet. His pants measure 17.5 feet from the waist to the cuff. The waist band is 228 inches. His solid boots are six feet long, 57 inches high, and two feet wide. Each bootlace is 80 inches long. His shovel weighs 400 pounds.

(From "The Promise" by Mike Kalibabky)


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