The News Tribune’s Eh? column posed a question to readers last week, wondering why the Main Streets in Duluth and Superior don’t seem all that “main.”
I’m not sure how Duluth’s Main Street got its name – it’s over in West Duluth, south of I-35 – but I do know that Superior’s Main Street once was the main (and only) route to the Interstate Bridge. That’s the span that connected Duluth and Superior before the Blatnik (or High) Bridge was built.
Here’s an aerial photo, circa 1960, that gives a clear view of Superior’s Main Street, running along Connors Point on the right side of the photo toward the Interstate Bridge. In this view, it appears that the Blatnik Bridge construction is well under way, but not yet finished:
You can read more about the Interstate Bridge here.
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