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A walk to the end of the Ashland Oredock feels like a walk out onto Lake Superior for Ed Monroe. “We’re out amongst the buoys and the shipping lane,” he said. What’s left of the Oredock--a slender tongue of concrete--juts 1,800 feet out from the city of Ashland. Not long ago, the superstructure, a hulking mass of metal, would have risen 80 feet over his head. During the Oredock’s operation, and after it was out of use, kids used to play out here, fishing and even jumping off the top. But even though Monroe was a kid growing up in Ashland 70 years ago, it wasn’t his scene. He was a west end kid, and the Ore Dock was on the east end. “I wouldn’t dare get caught out here because, literally, they would have thrown me in the water,” Monroe said, laughing. “Or worse.” As an adult, though, Monroe has been out here plenty, learning more about its history, some of which he witnessed firsthand. “This particular dock went into service in 1918 and it shipped ore until 1965,” Monroe said. Train

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