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at Hermantown Middle-High School, Hermantown, MN
Saturday, July 13 Kick-off and check-in
4:00 – 7:30 PM Riders arrive / check in
5:00 – 7:30 PM Dinner provided
6:30 – 7:15 PM New Rider Welcome & Orientation
7:30 – 8:30 PM Full Group Welcome & Orientation – All riders and volunteers
July 14-19, 2019
- Overnight accommodations provided in each city on the route
- Breakfast, dinner and rest stop snacks provided for participants
This year’s route will take us through the beautiful Iron Range of Minnesota!
Hermantown: Our beginning and ending point is in Hermantown, a town of 16,000 near Duluth. Hermantown was established by August Kohlts, a pioneer, who was granted the first homestead in the Town of Herman in 1872 (it did not become Hermantown until 1975) after living on the land for five years. After being granted the land, he and a friend hauled building supplies to his designated land, west of the Midway Road. They hitched two Saint Bernards to a homemade wagon and followed a crooked trail–now the Hermantown and Five Corners Roads–through the woods to where August established his homestead. By the turn of the 19th century, Hermantown had a population of 625 and a rail passenger service was introduced, starting in Adolph and heading into Duluth. In 1897, Hermantown had its first land boom, the result of rumors that the government would be building a new seaway connecting Duluth with the East Coast.
Hibbing also has a population of about 16,000. It is known by several different names including The Town That Moved, The Grand Canyon of the North-World’s Largest Open Pit Iron Ore Mine, and the Iron Capital of the World.
The community was established in 1893 by German miner Frank Hibbing, who discovered iron ore nearby. In the 1920’s, the town moved two miles south to its present location after iron ore was discovered under the city’s old location. Building by building, using steel wheels and logs, Hibbing was moved to where it stands today. The move started in 1919, and took many years to complete. More than 180 houses and 20 businesses eventually relocated to their current sites.
Hibbing is know for several famous former residents, including music great Robert Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan! There’s a Bob Dylan Walking Tour and Collection Exhibit located in Hibbing.
Other notables include former Boston Celtics basketball player Kevin McHale, who, upon retirement, coached the Minnesota Timberwolves; Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Charles Manson case who later became an acclaimed author; baseball player Roger Maris, who held Major League Baseball’s single-season home-run record for 37 years; and entrepreneur Jeno Paulucci.
Hibbing is also home to the Greyhound Bus Museum and Hibbing Historical Society & Museum.
Aurora is our final overnight stop. It is a smaller town of 1,500 whose name means “morning” in Latin, perhaps apropos for the bike ride!
Aurora was founded in 1898 and incorporated on November 25, 1903. Although founded as a mining town, it has since become more agricultural with the miners turning to farming, especially dairy, for their livelihood. It is also near many outdoor activities including being right on the Mesabi trail.