Miller Hill Mall turns 40

Crowds fill Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall during its official grand opening on July 25, 1973. (News Tribune file photo)

As featured on the front page of the Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 News Tribune, Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall is turning 40 years old this year. The mall opened in stages, with the “official” grand opening in July 1973.

The mall has been featured in a number of past Attic posts, including several with photos from its opening year. Here are links to those posts:

Montgomery Ward store at the Miller Hill Mall, 1973

J.C. Penney store at the Miller Hill Mall, 1973 (Part 1)

J.C. Penney store at the Miller Hill Mall, 1973 (Part 2)

The buffeteria was one of the most popular places in the Montgomery Ward store at the Miller Hill Mall when this photo was taken in July 1973, four months after the store opened. (News Tribune file photo)

Here’s one more mall-related post:

Aerial view from 1979

And here are images of a couple articles from the mall’s grand opening (one article “jumps” to a second image); click on the images for a larger version:

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Pennant fever, 1987

Oct. 15, 1987

Twins

Bruce Kraushaar (left), a licensed vendor from Connecticut, shows off his wares to Terri Smith of New Duluth as he plys his busy trade near the intersection between Miller Hill Mall and Target. (Steve Stearns / News Tribune)

 

Oh, 1987. 3 Men and a Baby was a smash hit at the box office, I was 6 years old, and the Minnesota Twins won their first World Series championship, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the Twins Win season-recap VHS tape over the years. My favorite part is the slow-motion video of Gary Gaetti pouring champagne over Bert Blyleven’s head in an Arlington, Texas, locker room after the Twins clinched the American League West Division while Starship’s "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now" played for viewers.

The Twins went on to lose the final five games of the regular season before beating the heavily favored Detroit Tigers 4-1 in the best-of-seven game AL championship series and coming back from a 3-games-to-2 deficit against the Cardinals.

Kent Hrbek, the Twins’ first baseman during their two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991, said in his book, "Kent Hrbek’s Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout":

"After we beat Texas, we sprayed champagne and beer for the first time as major leaguers. And then we promptly went out and lost the final five games of the regular season, which had people wondering about the importance of momentum in the postseason. The answer: no importance whatsoever. All we proved down the stretch was that it’s tough to play with a hangover."

I know if I try I can find my Twins World Series champions sweatshirt from that magical season.