A Look Inside The Long-lost Spalding Hotel

1963 Workers begin demolition of the Spalding Hotel in downtown Duluth on November 20, 1963. (Duluth Herald file photo) The Spalding Hotel, once located in downtown Duluth at the corner of Superior Street and Fifth Avenue West, has been mentioned several times in past posts – usually because it appeared off to the side in…
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The Floodwood Student Rebellion Of 1972

March 16, 1972 Truant junior high pupils wave banners outside Floodwood School on March 16, 1972. Signs supporting the fired teacher appear along with the one shown second from left which says “Rid America of Tyrance,” indicating a need for remedial spelling. (News-Tribune staff photo) Floodwood embroiled in school row Students picket in support of…
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More Northland Faces

Continuing from the previous post, here are a few more “Northland Faces” from the archives: August 10, 1999 — George Anderson has long been active at Zion Lutheran Church in Duluth.  He joined the church in 1939 and estimates he’s sung at more than 240 funerals. “If the good Lord lets me live another three…
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Northland Faces

A few days ago a conversation started up over at Perfect Duluth Day about a photo by the News Tribune’s Bob King that appeared on Friday’s front page, of residents of the Denfeld neighborhood concerned over parking permit issues: As noted on PDD, the photo fits into a general category of images that appears in…
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Tornadoes In Duluth (maybe)

A new post on my Observation Hill weather blog examines possible tornadoes that hit Duluth in 1935 and 1958 – and the topic sort of crosses over from weather to local history. If you want to read more, you can find the post here.