This undated photo of Superior Street, at the west end of downtown Duluth, is captioned "Old Bowery in Duluth" in the News Tribune files.
Most of the buildings in this view were demolished in the late 1950s and early 1960s as part of the Gateway redevelopment project, and the cars suggest a date in the early to mid-1950s. Among the few buildings in the photo to survive today is the Duluth Bethel building, located up on the hill at 1st and Mesaba.
Looking back at Superior Street, the photo was probably taken from up in the Medical Arts Building. The roof of the Spalding Hotel is visible at lower left, and the Lyceum Theater building is at lower right. Next to the Lyceum, across Fifth Avenue West, is the Holland Hotel. Other hotels visible along the "Bowery" include the Hill Hotel and the Hotel Liberty. The term "Bowery," by the way, refers to the street of that name in New York – and its reputation as a stretch of cheap hotels and dive bars.
Here are a few zoomed-in views from the photo:
Hill Hotel and ad for Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum
Hotel Liberty (rooms 75 cents and up), M&C gas station and Blatz beer sign
Billboards for Conoco gasoline and Blatz, "Milwaukee’s Finest Beer"
Billboard on the hillside for Master Bread – "Fresh as a daisy!"
Duluth Bethel building – note the three big homes in front that once stood where Mesaba Avenue runs today.
Do you have any memories of Duluth’s "Bowery"? Post a comment.
– Andrew Krueger