A Brief History Of The Aerial Lift Bridge

The construction of the Duluth ship canal in 1871 may have opened a new route into the Duluth-Superior harbor — but it also cut off land access to the vibrant community on Park Point. Rowboats and ferries — and several temporary rope-and-plank suspension bridges — were used to bridge the gap. By the 1890s, the…
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Blizzard Causes Flooding In Canal Park, 1975

Parts of Canal Park and Park Point saw flooding from the storm that hit the area last Friday, Oct. 27. The same storm caused major damage to the Lakewalk and Brighton Beach in Duluth, and elsewhere around western Lake Superior. By coincidence, the News Tribune included a (long-planned) DNT Extra special section in Sunday’s paper…
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Duluth’s First Lighthouse

The Twin Ports’ first lighthouse and a keeper’s house were built on Minnesota Point between 1856 and 1858 for a cost of $13,700, to serve ships using the Superior Entry — at that time the only passage from Lake Superior to the Duluth-Superior harbor. It operated until 1885, when a Superior pierhead light was lit.…
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Odds And Ends Old Photos Of Duluth

Here are some random old photos of Duluth from the News Tribune files that I just don’t have enough information about to build an entire post for each. So I’ll assemble them here (click on the photos for a larger view)… Gowan-Peyton-Twohy Co. and other businesses and warehouses at the foot of Fifth Avenue West…
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Photos Of The Aerial Ferry Bridge

Before it was the Aerial Lift Bridge, the Duluth icon was the Aerial Ferry Bridge. When the span linking Canal Park to Park Point first opened in 1905, a gondola – or “aerial ferry” carried passengers and vehicles across the ship canal. The bridge was converted to its present lift-and-lower span in the winter of…
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