On the Trail, located between Eveleth and Gilbert just south of Hwy 37, lies the town of Sparta. The original Sparta Location was located where the Sparta/Genoa Pit is located.The original underground mine was under Sparta at that time, and they moved the town in the early 1900s so they could switch to open pit mining – several buildings were even moved two miles away to Gilbert. Most of the houses are gone now, but the area has a rich mining history. Many communities were moved to mine the iron ore beneath them, Hibbing is one of the most famous.
The Mesabi Trail™ has been funded in part by the LCCMR and the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.