View Of Mount Royal, When Gas Was $1.26 A Gallon

March 25, 1997

Businesses from grocery stores to gas stations cater to residents and motorists along Woodland Avenue in March 1997. (Kathy Strauss / News Tribune)

This photo was featured as an Attic post back in March 2008; I had a lot fewer viewers back then, so I’m posting it again for those who missed it the first time around.

There’s a good mix of things that have changed and things that have remained the same over the past 15 years. Among the things that have changed, perhaps most notable is the price of gas:


Here’s another News Tribune archive photo from that area, of the Mount Royal grocery store in September 2000, before it was renovated:


And one more, looking north along Woodland Avenue near Mount Royal in March 2009:

At that time three years ago, gas was less than $2 a gallon:

Share your memories of the Mount Royal area by posting a comment.

5 Responses

  1. Todd Erickson

    I worked at Mt Royal Super Valu from 1975 – 1985 in the produce department. Started in the old store above the hardware store and then moved in the new store at it’s current location. The Thorps were great people to work for and had a lot of good times with the other employees. Great place to work.

  2. Sheila Alpert

    I, too. grew up in Duluth, just off of Woodland Ave. and Arrowhead Rd.
    I remember LaBuda’s well, and especially Pat LaBuda, their daughter.

  3. Kevin R. Keough

    When I was a little pup, I’d walk from my home on the NE corner of 27th Ave East & 5th Street and walk up 27th Ave., go past the Mount Royal Apts. and go to a little mom & pop’s grocery store called Labuda’s (Not sure of spelling) and buy candy. This was mid-late 50s, maybe early 60s. Many fond memories of Duluth.

  4. Chris Wright

    I grew up not far from Mt. Royal, and my first job was at Super Valu. I also worked at the old Bulldog Pizza, where Bixby’s is now, as well as at Mt. Royal Bottle Shoppe. The old donut shop, the hardware store, so many memories of my younger days!

  5. Paul Harkness

    We have lived on Hawthorne Rd and raised our 5 children in the shadow of Mt Royal. One of the saddest days was when Mt Royal Hardware closed down. We love the new grocery store with Caribou and a great dining area with fireplace. Bixbys is such a fine place to meet friends. Bulldogs Pizza, the library, post office, medical center, get your hair cut, fill up the tank, do your banking, and rent a movie. Plus, my wife loves to meet people at Curves. Uffda, Mt Royal has it all.

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