Bananaz Opens, 2001

June 1, 2001   The Bananaz sign over South Lake Avenue beckons visitors to Duluth’s newest amusement center. (News Tribune file photo) BANANAZ WILL OPEN IN ONE WEEK AMUSEMENT CENTER ADDS TO CANAL PARK TOURISM TRADE By Peter Passi, News Tribune With its opening just eight days away, the scene at Bananaz Family Entertainment Complex,…
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Downtown Duluth, 1960?

1960? Here is a different view of downtown Duluth, looking east from above Mesaba Avenue. It was in a folder labeled "1960," but otherwise there is no caption information. Can anyone tell if the 1960 date is correct? Two clues – the Spalding Hotel is still standing on the right, with the Holland Hotel is…
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Downtown Burger King Closes, 1998

May 28, 1998 Burger King owner Nick Patronas says he’s closing his downtown restaurant in part because of problems with crime and unruly youths. (Bob King / News-Tribune) ANOTHER TENANT LEAVING 200 BLOCK OWNER CITES YOUTH, VAGRANT PROBLEMS Business leaders told Duluth city councilors last year that there would be casualties if something wasn’t done…
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Making Way For NW Bell, 1971

May 12, 1971 Razing buildings along Fourth Avenue West, between Superior Street and First Street, to make way for the Northwestern Bell building, May 12, 1971. (News-Tribune photo) Here are a few glimpses from 1971 of the much-changed downtown Duluth block bordered by Superior Street, First Street and Third and Fourth avenues west. The picture…
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Oreck’s In Superior, 1962

Nov. 6, 1962 Oreck’s new store in Superior, 1319 Tower Ave. (News-Tribune photo) The caption on the back of this photo indicates that this store used to be Stacks (or Stack’s?). The reflections in the windows show a few details from across the street – including a sign for Saffords Desks and Chairs: