Thanksgiving Dinner In Duluth In The 1890s

Broiled bluefish. Braised saddle of squirrels. Cream of terrapin. And, yes, turkey and pumpkin pie. Items both odd and familiar to modern-day palates were on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner at Duluth’s top hotels 120 years ago. This item from the News Tribune from Nov. 25, 1897 — headlined “The Homeless Man,” referring to traveling…
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St. Louis County Rescue Squad, 1968

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is a group of volunteers who conduct search-and-rescue operations on land and water, along with assisting law enforcement agencies and fire departments with motor vehicle crashes and other emergency calls. The Rescue Squad was founded in 1958 and officially incorporated in 1959, according to a history of the squad…
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History Of The Oliver Bridge

As U.S. Steel announced plans to build a massive plant in what would become the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth in the early 1900s, there also was talk of building a new bridge across the St. Louis River in large part to serve that facility. In February 1908, the News Tribune reported work on the…
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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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The History Of The Interstate Bridge

The first two bridges to link Duluth and Superior — the St. Louis Bay and Grassy Point bridges — provided a path for trains to cross between the two cities. A temporary bridge provided a seasonal streetcar link. But into the 1890s, the communities still relied on ferries to carry pedestrians most of the year.…
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