Check out what Hibbing & Chisholm have to offer!
Hibbing and Chisholm comprise the western part of the Iron Range, and both towns have plenty to offer a visitor! Home of Range Regional Airport, with carrier service and pirate plane hangars, this area also is the location of the Minnesota Discovery Center, a great jumping off point for learning about the Iron Range and experiencing its history. Check out what Hibbing and Chisholm have to offer for activities, shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and living (past and current) history!
Chisholm is a community of 5,000 that’s built, in part, around the lovely Longyear Lake. This historic hotspot hosts the Minnesota Museum of Mining, and the Museum of the Iron Range: Minnesota Discovery Center, along with RedHead Mountain Bike Park. Both of these must-stop locations offer hands-on exhibits for kids and special activities like monthly Family Discovery Days at Minnesota Discovery Center and the annual Iron Pour at the Museum of Mining. A memorial to all branches of military veterans can be found in Chisholm, along with the famous Bridge of Peace and the iconic Iron Man Statue. Chisholm is known as the site of festive events like the Doc “Moonlight” Graham Days and the St. Louis County Fair.
Community involvement is alive and well in Chisholm. Northern Traxx ATV Club is a huge asset for the community. They’ve worked hard to build a 16-mile ATV trail and promote club rides and youth training classes. The city is also fortunate to have the Downtown Revitalization Project bringing fresh ideas and a touch of culture to Chisholm’s iconic Lake Street. This group created a historic walking tour, helped enhance Kiwanis Park near the Longyear Lake shore, and developed a pocket park further up the street, complete with artwork and programming. New developments include the Redhead Regional Mountain Bike Park at Minnesota Discovery Center, and an interpretive site at Bruce Mine Headframe, along the Mesabi Trail. Find great places to eat on Lake Street, including Snickers and Choppy’s, Jim’s Sports Club and the legendary Valentini’s, and Black Bear Bakery.
Hibbing is the largest of the Mesabi communities, and is the former home of music legend Bob Dylan, basketball great Kevin McHale, and baseball player Roger Maris. Birthplace of the Greyhound Bus Lines, Hibbing is also the location of one of the world’s largest open pit mines – Hull Rust Mine View, accessible from the Mesabi Trail. Visit Hibbing’s outstanding parks, including Carey Lake with a public beach, boat launch, fishing piers and hiking trails.
Historic downtown includes various sites once frequented by Bob Dylan, or Bobby Zimmerman as he was known when he lived here. Find his childhood home on Bob Dylan Drive near the Hibbing High School, a destination in its own right. HHS is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its $4 million construction was bankrolled in 1920 by mining companies to appease townspeople forced to move their homes from “North Hibbing” to make way for mining operations. No tours are allowed during school hours when school is in session. Call 218-208-0841 for tour dates and times and to schedule a tour. Located at 800 East 21st Street in Hibbing.