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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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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Phillips 66 Gas Station On Superior Street, 1961

Here are a couple views of a then-new Phillips 66 gas station and the offices of Como Oil Company along Superior Street at Eighth Avenue East in 1961. This view is from April of that year: And here’s a photo from November 1961: Here are a couple of zoomed-in views of the signage in the…
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Homegrown Music Festival Photos

Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival, which opened Sunday, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Here is a gallery of News Tribune photos from – or associated with – Homegrown Festivals of years past: You may notice that the captions are pretty sparse on a few of these photos; if you can provide any names where they…
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Downtown Duluth’s Sunnyside Cafe, 1981

October 13, 1981 Here’s a story from the Duluth Herald files from 1981, profiling an old-fashioned downtown Duluth cafe and its proprietors. It’s kind of a long article, but it’s a pretty fun, charming story with some memorable anecdotes. Enjoy… Art Rode mans the counter at the Sunnyside Cafe in downtown Duluth in October 1981.…
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