Rocky Taconite is located in Silver Bay in Minnesota’s Lake County. He is a jaunty fellow made of thick iron constructed into large spheres with a hammer to make up his head and body. He was erected in 1962 and stands atop a large boulder of taconite. Rocky can be found on Highway 5 welcoming visitors to Silver Bay.
There is a plaque below Rocky that reads, “Symbolic of a new era. The transition of taconite to steel. Dedicated to those whose genius and labors are responsible for the utilization of taconite for converting a useless rock into a useful, valuable product and a huge new industry in Minnesota. Erected by Silver Bay Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Reserve Mining Company and Village of Silver Bay- Taconite capitol of the world”