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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Temporary Streetcar Bridge Linking Duluth And Superior, 1890s

The first bridge to link Duluth and Superior was the St. Louis Bay Bridge, opened in 1885 by the Northern Pacific Railway. Next up was the Grassy Point Bridge, built in 1887. But both those bridges were for trains. Pedestrians and streetcar riders still needed to use ferries to cross between the two cities —…
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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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