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Steep Rock
Steep Rock

by Bruce W. Taylor

The germ of the idea to write about the Steep Rock was planted soon after I took up residence in Atikokan in 1969. 1 was curious about the background of the company with which I was starting a new career, and this curiosity was whetted through hearing Syd Hancock tell, in his own inimical way, stories about the men who found and developed the Steep Rock Range.

In 1974, 1 had just completed a history of the Taylor family, and I was looking around for some other writing project to tackle. I wondered why no one had ever written a comprehensive history of the very exciting development of the Steep Rock deposits. Syd Hancock, the obvious person to do so, assured me that he had no intention of getting involved in such a project; but if I intended to do so, he would assist me in any way possible. I was only too eager to take him up on his offer.

Fortunately for this history, the management of Steep Rock, right from the earliest days, had the foresight to collect press releases and other information that is relevent to the development of the Steep Rock Range. A complete record of all Northern Miner clippings from 1938 to the early 1960s, as well as clippings from other newspapers during the period prior to the Diversion project has been of incalculable assistance. In addition to the press clippings, a complete file of back issues of the "Steep Rock Echo", the news bulletin published by Steep Rock Iron Mines for its employees, and the company's annual reports, have assisted greatly in the writing of the history. For unlimited access to these and other files I am most grateful to Steep Rock Iron Mines Limited.

Table of Contents below.

ISBN: none | WMPub# 1051 | 6" x 9" | 144 page perfectbound | $7.50 CDN

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Discovery


Chapter 2 Development and Disappointment


Chapter 3 Negotiations


Chapter 4 The Diversion


Chapter 5 Draining the Lake


Chapter 6 Consolidation and Expansion


Chapter 7 Dredging


Chapter 8 Production


Chapter 9 Sharing the Wealth


Chapter 10 The Modern Era


Selected Bibliography