History Of The Arrowhead Bridge

In the mid-1920s, complaints about delays in crossing the Interstate Bridge were mounting. Aside from the distant Oliver Bridge, it was the only option for vehicles to cross between Duluth and Superior. In 1925, a private firm called the Twin Ports Bridge Co. sought approval from Congress for a new cross-border span linking Superior to the…
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First Street In Downtown Duluth, Circa 1960

This undated photo from the News Tribune files shows a glimpse of downtown Duluth from about 1960. (I’m not an expert on cars — so if the vehicles suggest a different date, please let me know) The caption on the back of the photo says “one-way streets” – so perhaps the photo was taken soon…
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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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DWP Railway Trestle In West Duluth, 1977

May 13, 1977 The Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway trestle was a familiar landmark in West Duluth for decades, until it was removed in the 1980s (do any of you know the exact date?) The view above, looking west from near the corner of Central and Grand avenues, was taken on May 13, 1977. Here’s…
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Rouchleau Mine And Mineview In The Sky, 1972

June 1972 This photo from the News Tribune files, attributed to Pederson’s Photo Studio in Virginia, is dated to June 1972 — though it’s not clear if that’s when it was taken, when it ran in the paper or both. It’s a view out over the still-active Rouchleau Mine, which has received a lot of…
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