New Display Announced for Visitor Center at the Soudan Underground Mine  Information Needed From the Public




James Pointer, Interpretative Supervisor at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park and Doug Workman, President of the Tower-Soudan Historical Society are pleased to announce a collaboration to create a new display at the Soudan Underground Mine.  The purpose of the display is to honor the memory of those who died in the mine or as a result of injuries sustained in a mine-related accident.  Help is being sought from the public to verify the names and other details about those who died.


Andy Larson, former president of the Tower-Soudan Historical Society and retired Soudan Mine tour guide of 27 years has created a list of 144 names of those who died from 1884 to 1957. He spent hours painstakingly going through death records, newspaper articles, cemetery records, and other primary source materials to make this list. Larson acknowledges there are inaccuracies in the list due to names being changed, names misspelled, details reported incorrectly, etc.  The goal is to update and correct the list as much as possible before it becomes part of the display. While volunteers from the historical society will work on updating the list, information from the public is needed. If you know someone who died in the mine or in a mine-related accident and have information, please send copies of documents to the Tower-Soudan Historical Society at PO Box 465, Tower, MN 55790 or scan your information and email it to  Documents needed include death records, newspaper articles, cemetery records, photos of the deceased, details regarding the cause of death and any other record or memorabilia you may have. 


The three page list has been posted on the Tower-Soudan Historical Society website (  In addition to names, the list includes the date of death, marital status, age of the deceased, country of origin and in some cases details regarding the accident.  If you have questions, call the Historical Society at 218.753.5021 and leave a message.  A board member will return your call.  Thank you for helping us make this display as accurate and informative as possible.