The Red Lake Mining District has produced more than 29 million ounces of high grade gold, making this one of the largest and highest grade gold producing districts in the world.
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Atikokan is historically associated with iron mining and is a great launching pad for gold exploration in the Red Lake District of Northwestern Ontario. The population was 2,753 as of 2016. Atikokan translates to “caribou bones” in Ojibwe. Atikokan was established as a Divisional Point for the Canadian Northern Railway.
In 1897, William McInnis, a geologist, discovered the potential for iron mining, however no projects started until the winter of 1929–1930, when Julian Cross convinced a company from Duluth, Minnesota, to begin work in the Steep Rock region.
In 1932, Dr. McKenzie and Tom Rawn found that the South East bay of Steep Rock was rich in high grade hematite, however, the mine flooded and was abandoned. In March 1940, Rawn created Iron Mines Ltd. Four months later, on July 23, Rawn went out prospecting near Sapawe, and never returned. Parties searched for weeks, but his remains were never found.
Mineral exploration revealed a large, high grade, iron ore deposit at the bottom of Steep Rock Lake, and after World War II, the draining and dredging of Steep Rock lake began in order to develop an open-pit mining operation. Two large mines commenced operations in the late 1950s and continued for over 30 years.