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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42nd Anniversary Of The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Friday – Nov. 10, 2017 – is the 42nd anniversary of the wreck of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald in a massive November storm on Lake Superior. After leaving Superior with a load of taconite, the ship sank on the evening of Nov. 10, 1975, in eastern Lake Superior off Whitefish Point with the loss of…
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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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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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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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