For anyone who is a bus enthusiast, this is a place for you! The museum is located just north of downtown Hibbing. Lots of memorabilia & artifacts on display. A fair size historic bus fleet both inside and outside on the museum grounds. They have a great selection of souvenirs, but if you plan on buying anything, please make sure you have plenty of cash. At the moment, the gift shop does not take credit or debit cards! The nearest bank machine is a few minutes drive in downtown.
Although less than a decade old, the museum has already outgrown its display space. The curator, Gene calls it "Ten pounds of sand in a five-pound bag." A new facility -- one that will allow the buses to be displayed indoors -- is under construction and will open down the road in the autumn of 1999. Gene pulls out a hefty roll of blueprints and floor plans and steers us to the model. But, to be blunt, we have to be on our way....
Carey (DuPont) Lake is a 1,100 acre park with over 22 km of ski trails with trails starting at the parking area by the beach. The trails run through primarily lowlands and spruce box, with about 1/3 located on high land. Hibbing Park and Recreation grooms and tracks the trails. 10 mi. of groomed trails are available for traditional / classic skiers and 6 mi. of trails are available for skate skiers. Located 4 mi. east of downtown Hibbing on 25th St 1,100-acre park with lake. Maps along trail.
Originally the Zimmy's building housed the trolley cars of Hibbing. Trolley cars went out of fashion in the U.S. after the automobile became affordable for almost every family. At that time in the 1920s Zimmy's became a gas station. Only in the 1980s did Zimmy's become a restaurant and a Bob Dylan shrine. Dylan has never played at Zimmy's and he may not have even set foot in the establishment. But it would be a good place to go view Dylan memorabilia.
The town of Hibbing was laid out in 1893 after prospectors found evidence of rich iron ore deposits. By 1915 the population of Hibbing was 20,000. Per the 2000 census the population of Hibbing now stands at 17,071.
The city hall is evidence of Hibbing's rich economic history. Quite an audacious seat of government for a relatively small town.
Home of Hibbing's "Finest Supper Club".
Called "The Grand Old Lady of Howard Street", the Androy Hotel is now deserted. Years ago it hosted some of the wealthiest people in America and was high class all the way. Built by mining concerns in 1921it rolled along in the good times, but dwindled in stature as the mines and the local economy soured. The hotel closed its doors in 1978.
An old-time cafe. I'm sure the waitresses are all named Marge and there's an old guy slinging hash on the griddle with a cigarette butt hanging from his mouth. "Paint a bow-wow red and a blond with sand." Translation: a hotdog with ketchup and a coffee with ceam and sugar.
Bob Dylan was purported to be an average student at Hibbing High School. He played in a few bands, wrote some poetry got mostly B's and C's in his classes and was likely suspected to be the guy that drifted from memory. Bob entered the University of Minnesota, studied for a year in Minneapolis and then became a legend in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Bob comes back to Minnesota to perform concerts with some regularity. He played with the Grateful Dead in St. Paul just a few weeks ago (July 2003) but he has returned to Hibbing just a few times. Maybe he'll drop in for his 45th high school reunion next summer.
Guest author Jen (Craic):
zrim asked me to write something about The Great Bob. Because I was looking for pics of this very house! when I came upon VT. Why was I looking? Because I have a passion for that man. Nothing more or less than a passion. The first record I ever bought was The Free Wheelin' Bob Dylan. The last cd I bought was Love And Theft. I wanted to see what crucible had forged the man who was born Robert Zimmerman in Hibbing and raised in this very house. The poet trickster. The lyric genius. The man who takes me where I want to go. Right into the centre of the Idiot Wind. And all his ragin' glory. He has a song where he talks about leaving this town - and here someone else will have to help me with the exact quote - at 9, 9 and a half, 11, 13, 15, 15 and 17.
Something like that.
I know that feeling. I know that feeling so well.
Blonde On Blonde is raging away in the background. But there is nothing, really nothing to turn off. My passion makes me foolish and incapable. Forgive me. He just sang - The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face. I'm off now. To dance beneath the diamond sky with one arm wavin' free.
If vintage buses are your cup of tea, don't bypass the Greyhound Bus Museum. This baby looks like it is circa 1965. I can remember riding a bus very much like this to visit grandma and grandpa way up in northern Wisconsin. I swore off buses for good in 1989 after sitting down on a wad of gum deposited on my seat by the brat in the seat behind me. And the couple dozen winos smoking in the back of the bus didn't make the ride any more enjoyable.
The world famous Greyhound Bus Line was started in Hibbing, Minnesota. Interesting fact, but why in the world would Greyhound have originated in the middle of nowhere northern Minnesota? As with everything else in this town, the answer lies in the history of the mines.
By and large the first miners were immigrants. Not only were they immigrants but they came from far away lands and spoke strange tongues (have you ever looked at Finnish writing?) Narurally, these workers did not have vehicles or driver's licenses. The mines originally were quite close to town, but after the relocation of Hibbing the mine was perhaps too far to walk. Therefore, the Greyhound Bus Lines was formed to transport the hard working miners to their jobs and back home each day.
This photo shows the corner of Second Street and Lincoln as it appears today. Eighty-five years ago this location was in the center of town. Let me explain.
Hibbing was a mining boom town in the early twentieth century. Immigrants from places such as Finland, Sovenia and Croatia flocked to northern Minnesota because relatively high paying jobs were available in the open pit mines. Hibbing grew along with the growth of the mining industry. However, a new vein of iron-ore was discovered that ran right under downtown Hibbing. The iron-ore was much more valuable than the town and therefore it was decided that the entire town would be relocated to make it possible to mine the new vein. Thus there is this park that straddles the open pit mine and still to this day the old streets, street lamps and foundations can be seen of the portion of town that was not swallowed up by the mine.
Frank Hibbing was granted a mining lease in 1891 and mining was begun in earnest a year later. To date 1.4 billion tons of earth have been removed from the site which has created a canyon of sorts that is 3.5 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and 535 feet deep.