A Key From The Past And A Look Back At Duluth’s Spalding Hotel

Thursday’s News Tribune has a story on a key from theĀ Spalding Hotel – a downtown Duluth landmark demolished 53 years ago – turning up at the main post office this week. It’s been a few years since we shared old photos of the hotel on here, so it seemed like an opportune time to do…
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Last Place On Earth, 1985

April 5, 1985 Last Place on Earth has some great bargains in records Bob Ashenmacher, Duluth News-Tribune How do they do it? How does the Last Place on Earth record store at 102 E. Superior St. sell the Top 30 albums and cassette tapes for $4.98 when many record stores charge $8.98? “We’re losing money…
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Panoramic View Of Duluth’s Police Force, Circa 1918

The photo above is a detail from a great panoramic photo posted online by the Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It’s a photo of what must have been the entire Duluth police force – along with some city dignitaries, perhaps – at the Civic Center in downtown Duluth, in…
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Chinese Lantern Fire Was 20 Years Ago

Flames erupt from the upper windows and roof of the Chinese Lantern shortly after 7 a.m. on Jan. 16, 1994 as firefighters pour water into the three-story structure from their hoses and aerial trucks. Twelve units and up to 50 firefighters were at the scene in downtown Duluth. (Dave Ballard / News-Tribune) Today marks the…
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Remembering The Spalding Hotel

Today’s News Tribune features an article on the 50th anniversary of the demolition of the landmark Spalding Hotel in downtown Duluth. The photo above, from the News Tribune files, appears to date from the late 1920s or 1930s. The hotel was demolished in 1963 as part of a larger urban renewal project. The Spalding was…
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