Black and white photograph of the ore docks at Duluth, 1903.

Ore docks at Duluth

The ore docks at Duluth, 1903. These docks were originally begun by the Merritts, but the family was barely able to utilize them before losing their mining interests to John D. Rockefeller.

Black and white photograph of Alfred Merritt, and his wife Jane, c.1900.

Alfred and Jane A. Merritt

Alfred Merritt, and his wife Jane, c.1900. While Leonidas led the mining operation, it was Alfred that brought suit against John D. Rockefeller.

Black and white photograph of the first train depot, built by the Merritts at Mountain Iron, 1893.

First Depot at Mountain Iron

The first train depot, built by the Merritts at Mountain Iron was part of a larger railroad project heavily bankrolled by John D. Rockefeller, 1893.

Black and white photograph of the boomtown of Merritt that sprang up near the Biwabik Mine, 1892.

Mining townsite one mile east of Biwabik, Merritt

The boom town of Merritt (not named by the Merritts) that sprang up near the Biwabik Mine, 1892.

Black and white photograph of Leonidas Merritt on the Vermillion Trail, 1892.

Lon Merritt on Old Vermillion Trail, just north of Duluth

Leonidas Merritt on the Vermillion Trail, 1892.

Black and white photograph of the Merritts' first mining operation on the Mesabi, c.1892.

First mine on Mesabi Range, near Mountain Iron

The Merritts' first mining operation on the Mesabi, c.1892.

Black and white photograph of from left to right: Leonidas, John, and Bert Merritt exploring, 1890.

The portage taken at the Falls, 1890

From left to right: Leonidas, John, and Bert Merritt exploring, 1890.

Black and white photograph of Leonidas and Elizabeth Merritt, around the time merchantable ore was discovered on the Mesabi, c.1890.

Leonidas and Elizabeth Merritt

Leonidas and Elizabeth Merritt, around the time merchantable ore was discovered on the Mesabi, c.1890.

Black and white photograph of Lewis H. and Hephzibah J. Merritt, c.1880.

Lewis H. and Hephzibah J. Merritt

Lewis H. and Hephzibah J. Merritt, c.1880.

Black and white photograph of the Merritt family some twenty years before they began mining operations on the Mesabi, 1871.

Lewis H. and Hephzibah J. Merritt with their sons

The Merritt family some twenty years before they began mining operations on the Mesabi, 1871.

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