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Adventure into the early Iron Range: a man’s world with a ratio of 4.5 men to every woman. Saloons were the center of social life and often opened in an area before a post office or general store. In 1903, the village of Hibbing numbered 7,500 people, 6 dry goods stores, 12 general stores, and 45 saloons. The saloon was social center of the early Iron Range town. This is where the miners would congregate to get the news of the day, have a drink, and spend time with their peers. The men seated at the table in the saloon are playing a card game that is unique to the Iron Range, called Smear.

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