UMD Campus, Circa Early 1950s

It’s hard to imagine the current campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth as a vacant field — but that’s what it was until the late 1940s. The photo above shows the first building — first known as the “science building,” now the Chemistry Building — on what was initially UMD’s “upper campus,” an expansion…
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First Street At Chester Creek, 1960

Many drivers who travel on East First Street between 14th and 13th avenues East probably have no idea┬áthat they’re driving over Chester Creek, channeled in a tunnel far underground. Pedestrians know — it’s hard to miss the sound of the creek’s rushing waters as it angles beneath the street and on down to Lake Superior.…
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Duluth’s Seven Corners

An aerial view looking across Seven Corners and down Lower Piedmont Avenue in Duluth on June 7, 2000. (Renee Knoeber / News-Tribune) Seven Corners was a famous – infamous? – traffic intersection / bottleneck in Duluth, where Piedmont Avenue, Skyline Parkway, Trinity Road and 24th Avenue West all met in a somewhat confusing, jumbled junction.…
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Duluth’s Fidelity Building Comes Tumbling Down, 1977

April 1977 Wrecking crews start to demolish the Fidelity Building in downtown Duluth in April 1977. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune) The Fidelity Building stood in downtown Duluth for about 65 years, on the site now occupied by Lake Superior Plaza – along the south side of Superior Street just west of Lake Avenue. Demolition crews…
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Interstate Bridge, 1961

As with the previous post on the bear in the boat, this one features a reader-submitted photo from years back that was left in the News Tribune files. The photo, credited to C.F. Sager of Duluth and dated Oct. 22, 1961, is a view of the old Interstate Bridge linking Duluth and Superior, as seen…
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