I’m hoping you can provide some more information about a couple of photos I found in the News Tribune files of picket lines in Superior.
Both of these photos had dates written on the back – usually a sure-fire way of tracking down caption information. But I came up empty in my first try at searching the microfilm.
I’ll try to go back and take a closer look. But in the meantime, maybe one of you knows more about these photos.
Here’s the first, dated May 1967:
It’s clear from the signs that we’re on Hammond Avenue in Superior. I did some aerial photo and street view searching on Google, and by comparing houses I’m 99 percent sure this photo was taken at 11th and Hammond.
My guess is that Hammond was being converted into a much more major thoroughfare related to traffic coming off the Blatnik (or High) Bridge from Duluth, resulting in the loss of trees. Can anyone confirm that?
Here’s the second photo, dated June 1967:
I should note that I’m making an assumption that this was taken in Superior, because I’m assuming the signs the kids are carrying – which refer to “Blaine” – are about the former Blaine Elementary School on Belknap Avenue. That building is now home to the Blaine Business and Technology Center.
The signs refer to the County Board, to prisoners, and to the kids’ playground being taken away. Blaine School was sort of close to the Douglas County Courthouse and jail – are they protesting some jail expansion project that was going to take away a playground?Â Can you identify the building they’re standing in front of? If you have any info, please post a comment.
On the subject of Blaine School, here are a couple bonus photos from the News Tribune archives: