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The Quad Cities were founded in the 1890s and early 1900s, during the boom of the mining industry. Many of the mines shut down during the Great Depression and didn't resume work until World War II.
According to the 2000 census, the Quad Cities have a population of 17,868. Virginia has 9,157 residents; Eveleth has 3,865, Mountain Iron has 2,999, and Gilbert has 1,847.
Economy and industry
The mining industry is declining in the area. There is a new focus on tourism and healthcare.
Things to do
Outdoor activities, shopping, and a local historical attraction celebrating hockey are among the most common pastimes available in Virginia and the surrounding area. Swimming and boating are available at many lakes and pits around the Range. The Range has several hiking, biking, and four-wheeling paths. Snowmobile paths with easy access and ice rinks are also available in the region. The Thunderbird Mall in Virginia, downtown shops in each community, and a Walmart Super Center near the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Mountain Iron serve as options for shopping. The United States Hockey Hall of Fame, a museum celebrating prominent hockey players with history displays and a model rink, is in Eveleth.
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