I was drawn to this project as a result of a personal experience. In 1975 I purchased the Oliver Iron Mining Co.
blacksmith shop in the North Hibbing shops complex. I proceeded to dismantle it with the intent of re-erecting it as
my new metal fabricating shop. It was later sold and replaced with a new building. It was shortly thereafter
that I realized that the dismantling of all of those buildings was a huge mistake. They should have been preserved.
They were constructed so well that they could have lasted another 100 years. It was then that I vowed that if I
ever had a chance to preserve a similar building, I would. And now I have my chance. The great irony here is
that both the blacksmith shop and the Mitchell Engine House were constructed in the same year,1906. Furthermore,
they were constructed by the same owner, United States Steel, and probably built by the same people. Destiny?
The Mitchell Engine House played a role in helping our country to win Two World Wars and there are very
few such structures still standing. It must be preserved. If we throw away our heritage, we do a great disservice
to our children and grandchildren and to future generations.