Duluth’s First Lighthouse

The Twin Ports’ first lighthouse and a keeper’s house were built on Minnesota Point between 1856 and 1858 for a cost of $13,700, to serve ships using the Superior Entry — at that time the only passage from Lake Superior to the Duluth-Superior harbor. It operated until 1885, when a Superior pierhead light was lit.…
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Sinkhole Swallows Car In Duluth, 1963

H.J. McMullen was not having a very good day when this photo was taken by the News Tribune’s Karl Jaros in July 1963. As the original caption reported, McMullen was “ruefully” surveying the wreckage of his car after floodwaters from a broken water main undermined 15th Avenue East just below Superior Street. Meanwhile, an enormous…
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London Road Hardee’s, 1995

June 1995 This photo, from June 1995 and apparently taken from atop the former Salter School building at 16th Avenue East and London Road in Duluth, shows a couple of chain businesses that are no longer there: A boarded-up Holiday Stationstore to the right, and a then-operating Hardee’s restaurant on the other side of 16th…
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St. Louis Bay Bridge

Last fall, the News Tribune produced a “premium section” for its print subscribers, focused on the maritime heritage of the Twin Ports. As part of that section, I compiled a history of all the bridges linking Duluth and Superior, past and present. Now that a few months have gone by, I thought I’d share those…
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41st Anniversary Of The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Today — Nov. 10, 2016 — is the 41st anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its crew of 29 in a Lake Superior storm. Pictured above is the front page from the next day’s Duluth Herald. Here’s a video that includes marine radio traffic from the hours after the…
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