Taconite, Minnesota

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Taconite is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 315 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Route 169 serves as a main arterial route in the community.



Taconite was established in 1907 and is one of several whistlestop cities located on Highway 169 collectively known as 'Range Cities'. These cities were branded as such when they sprang up in parallel with the nearby iron mining operations that began in Coleraine and headed in a northeasterly direction. The mines and cities comprise part of what is known as Minnesota's Iron Range, specifically the Mesabi Range.

Taconite is a derivation of the word Taconic, which is related to the Taconic Mountains of the eastern United States and contain similar geologic formations. 'Taconic' is based on a Native American word, documented in use as early as 1685 [3] , and spelled a number of ways including:

- Tachkanick - Taghconic - K'takantshan - Tachanizen - Tackinick - Tocconuc - Taughkaughnick - Taghonic - Toghconnuck - Taconick - Toghconnuc - Tacon'ic - Taghkan'nuc - Taconyte - Taghkanick and - Tac'onite

Taconite abuts what was originally called the Holman Mine, with independently operated mines located on either side of the city.

With closure of the mines, the withdrawal of dewatering equipment led to rain, runoff and underground springs raising water levels in the nearby mine pits. The abandoned pits that surround Taconite – including the Holman Mine -- have been filled and joined into what is now called the Canisteo Mine complex.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.6 km²), of which, 4.9 square miles (12.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (6.86%) is water. It is right next to the Cannisteo mine pit. It was established in 1907 and refers to itself as the "Hub of the Nation".


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 315 people, 136 households, and 87 families residing in the city. The population density was 64.5 people per square mile (24.9/km²). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 30.7/sq mi (11.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.92% White, 0.32% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.63% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 3.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 136 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.91.

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