Downtown Steam Whistle, 1996

July 2, 1996



Prepare for another historic sound from the harbor.

On Wednesday, the City of Duluth will begin sounding a refurbished

The city plans to sound the

Three weeks ago, when the city conducted tests of the



But it was turned off and lost decades ago — until

Police want the late

steam whistle four times a day from the top of the city steam plant on Lake Avenue.whistle at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. And it will be loud.whistle, it could be heard as far away as the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the Riverside neighborhood out west, said steam cooperative manager Gerry Pelofske. But unlike the harbor’s infamous fog horn, the steam whistle generated no complaints, Pelofske said.whistle is thought to be the same one that once sounded from the top of the old Marshall-Wells hardware building in Canal Park. The building is now known alternatively as the Meierhoff Building and Waterfront Plaza.whistle announced the lunch hour and the beginning and end of the workday for thousands of Duluth workers.whistle enthusiast Bob Wilson found a whistle several years ago. Wilson got businessman Bill Meierhoff to help restore the whistle, and convinced the city to install it on top of Duluth’s steam plant.whistle to serve as a warning for young Duluthians to get home before the 11 p.m. curfew.