New statue honors miners in Iron Mountain

Published: Nov. 25, 2016 at 4:41 PM EST
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The Lilja Trust Fund Committee has made a ‘miner’ enhancement to the area overlooking the Chapin Pit in Iron Mountain.

A statue of a miner, weighing more than 1,200 pounds, was placed near the gazebo to pay tribute to those workers and the mining work done there. Finally getting this life-size miner to the area was a major undertaking.

The project had been in the works for over a year and cost about $16,000.

Committee members wanted the statue to replicate a real mine worker as much as possible. It was strategically placed in a location overseeing the mine where miners would have worked, and even the color of the statue was carefully chosen to represent the way the men looked coming up from the mines.

“This is the Chapin Pit that's filled with water now but, at one time, it was a very active pit,” said Chairperson of the Lilja Trust Fund, Marsha Bonicatto. “It was a dangerous job, it was a dirty job…so, this is in memory and in honor of the men that worked there."

The committee plans to add a display light to the miner statue in the future.

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