May 25, 2015

Mesabi Pioneers by Russell Hill and Jeffrey Smith

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Mesabi Pioneers by Russell Hill and Jeffrey Smith
ISBN: 9780990659105
Paperback - 252 pages

Here is the highly readable account of one of the remarkable achievements of the 19th century: how a remote tree-covered area of northern Minnesota became America's greatest source of iron ore. It is 1891. An improbable team of American businessmen and European immigrants hunt for iron ore in a formidable expanse of dense pine forest. Fighting isolation, harsh winters, and mosquito-infested summers, they find it. What follows is an extraordinary tale of both personal and technological achievement. Mesabi Pioneer s brings the pursuit of iron ore to vivid life, illuminating the men and women mostly forgotten by history, who built an industry, carved towns from trees, and created a rich culture that lasts to this day.

This was a very interesting story of the hunt for iron ore in Minnesota in the 1800s. I have not read anything about this before and me being from Nebraska which is not a far jaunt from Minnesota thought this would be an interesting book not to mention my love of books set in the 1800s. The characters of this book are very strong and interesting. I thought the authors did a good job in telling how the immigrants and the Native Americans interacted and the trials they faced with each other. Another thing the author did well was to describe all the scenes, landscapes, and weather conditions so you really felt a part of the story. If you are looking for a story that helps tell the story of what shaped a part of our country and as a history fan then you will enjoy this book. I am looking forward to more books by this author.  

About the author:
Jeffrey Smith began his love of letters at fourteen on a Smith-Corona electric typewriter borrowed from his father. He is a full-time writer, homemaker and stay-at-home parent in Berlin, Maryland. Also an accomplished distance runner, Jeffrey has completed 16 marathons, seven 24-hour relay races, and multiple ultra-runs, including several 100-mile races. He blogs about writing, running, and parenting at

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