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Downtown Ironwood mural depicts fading mining era


April 23, 2019

Bryan Hellios/Daily Globe

LOCAL ARTIST Dan Perotti stands by the downtown Ironwood mining mural which took him about a year and a half to complete. The mural was created to honor those who mined ore on the Gogebic Iron Range.


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IRONWOOD - Sporting a tracksuit and a pair of tennis shoes, the elderly man spryly crossed the street by the intersection of Ayer and Lowell streets in downtown Ironwood.

The man gazed up at the Pabst Mining Mural on Friday morning and said, "That's me up there - and there is my dad."

At 93 years old, John Brottlund is only one of a handful of people currently living from the roughly 106 miners depicted.

Local artist Dan Perotti said he promised a couple people he'd finish the mural as soon as possible. Cold weather combined with having to rel...

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