London Road Hardee’s, 1995

June 1995 This photo, from June 1995 and apparently taken from atop the former Salter School building at 16th Avenue East and London Road in Duluth, shows a couple of chain businesses that are no longer there: A boarded-up Holiday Stationstore to the right, and a then-operating Hardee’s restaurant on the other side of 16th…
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St. Louis Bay Bridge

Last fall, the News Tribune produced a “premium section” for its print subscribers, focused on the maritime heritage of the Twin Ports. As part of that section, I compiled a history of all the bridges linking Duluth and Superior, past and present. Now that a few months have gone by, I thought I’d share those…
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41st Anniversary Of The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Today — Nov. 10, 2016 — is the 41st anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its crew of 29 in a Lake Superior storm. Pictured above is the front page from the next day’s Duluth Herald. Here’s a video that includes marine radio traffic from the hours after the…
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Remembering The 1991 Halloween Blizzard

Today’s News Tribune contains a bunch of stories and photos on the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard that dumped 36.9 inches of snow on Duluth. You can find that anniversary coverage here. Here are a couple more items of interest, looking back at that historic storm: YouTube user “Evil Jeffy” uploaded a video containing…
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Listen To An Interview With The Last Surviving Union Civil War Veteran

Today (Aug. 2, 2016) is the 60th anniversary of the death of Albert Woolson, a Duluth resident who was the last surviving Union Civil War veteran. Woolson died in Duluth on Aug. 2, 1956, at the age of either 106 or 109 – depending on the source. A ceremony in his honor is planned for…
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