Walking the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth’s Canal Park now, along the well-used Lakewalk, it’s hard to imagine that just a few decades ago much of that shore was used as a junkyard.
The photo above (click on the image for a larger view) has no caption information, so we don’t know who the men are or just when it was taken. But the First United Methodist Church (coppertop) is visible atop the Hillside, so it’s sometime after the mid-1960s. (If you know who the men are, please post a comment)
The picture was used for some kind of article on cleaning up the city. Here’s another view, looking toward the Duluth Ship Canal:
After years of cleanup – and fill supplied by the excavation work needed to create the Interstate 35 tunnels in downtown Duluth – the Lakewalk opened in 1988.
Gradually, the industrial businesses in Canal Park closed or moved elsewhere. The last one – Duluth Spring Co. – relocated its remaining Canal Park employees in 2008; the site is now home to Canal Park Brewing Co.
That photo above, looking over junked cars toward the ship canal… here’s a view of what the Lakewalk looks like in that area today:
Here’s a previous Attic post that shows some of Canal Park’s industrial past:
Share your memories of the Lakewalk – or what preceded it – by posting a comment.