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Built on the iron ore of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, Hibbing is in Saint Louis County. The largest open-pit iron mind in the world, the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine, is situated at the edge of town. The town was founded in 1893, and named for its founder, Frank Hibbing, an iron ore prospector who came from Duluth. At his expense, he provided the town with a water plant, electric light plant, the first roads, and a hotel, bank building, and sawmill. In 1914, Carl Wickman and Andrew Anderson started a bus line between Hibbing and Alice, Minnesota, which eventually became Greyhound Lines. Hibbing Heights was platted in 1908, and annexed by Alice in 1910. Between 1919 and 1921, the village of Hibbing moved from its original location to just south of Alice, and annexed Alice in 1920. The reason for the move was that the iron mines had encroached upon the village from the east, north and west, and a portion of the ore body was under the town. As a result of negotiations with the Oliver Mining Company, the company agreed to develop downtown buildings with low interest loans, and to build a school, hotel, village hall and hospital. About two hundred buildings were moved from the original site to the new site, two miles away. The original townsite remained part of Hibbing, and is known as North Hibbing. Hibbing remained a village until 1979, when it annexed the town of Stuntz and several unincorporated localities, and incorporated as a city. Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Charles Manson, was born in Hibbing. Other notable people who called Hibbing home include Bob Dylan, who was born Robert Zimmerman, as well as Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the ball player, Roger Maris, and Rudy Perpich, the 34th and 36th governor of Minnesota. Nearby communities include Bengal, Cherry, Chisholm, Eveleth, Forbes, Grant, Iron Junction, Keewatin, Marble, Mountain Iron, Pengilly, Silica, Virginia, and Zim.

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