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Duluth, St Louis, Minnesota, USA

"Duluth, a city and port of entry, the capital of St. Louis co., Minn., is finely situated at the W. end of Lake Superior, at the head of navigation on the great lakes, 156 miles N.N.E. of St. Paul, with which it is connected by three lines of railroad. It is also at the eastern terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Lat. 46° 48' N.; lon. 92°6' W. The site is the side of a hill which rises gradually from the shore to a height of about 600 feet above the lake. The harbor, called Duluth Bay, is protected by a narrow piece of land called Minnesota Point, which is 7 miles long and forms a natural break water, through which there is a ship-canal. The government of the United States is expending large sums of money in the improvement of the harbor by dredging and the construction of piers. Duluth contains a custom-house, 37 churches, a United States land-office, an excellent system of public schools, including a high school, 3 national and 6 state banks, a savings-bank, a signal-station, stock-yards, slaughtering and cold storage establishments, 7 large steam saw-mills, steam forge-works, 2 flouring-mills, and grain elevators with a capacity of 21,250,000 bushels. Immense deposits of iron, granite, and freestone are found near. Three daily and 10 weekly newspapers are published here. Pop. in 1880, 3483; in 1890, 33,115."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1870 - February 15 - Ground broken for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn

    historyorb.com

  • News 1888 - DULUTH'S BIG BLAZE. THE HANDSOME OPERA HOUSE A TOTAL WRECK - LOSS $250,000.
    Duluth, Jan. 29. - At 1:50 o'clock a.m. fire was discovered in the opera house block.

    In thirty minutes the whole building was in a blaze.

    The...Read MORE...


  • News 1892 - BUILDING DESTROYED.
    Duluth, Minn., Dec. 30. - Flames destroyed the Fargusson building in Duluth, Minn., causing a loss of about $250,000 on building and contents.
    Stevens Point Daily Journal
    Stevens Point, Wisconsin
    December 31, 1892

  • 1892 - Mar 8-9, 1892 - Blizzard
    One of Duluth's worst blizzards. 70 mph winds, blinding snow piled drifts over 20 ft high, blocking second story windows in some...Read MORE...


  • Duluth, Minnesota, USA
    Duluth Boat Club
  • 1905 - Blizzard
    Nov 27-28, 1905, another blizzard at Duluth with 60 mph winds. Sank ships in Lake Superior.

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Famous...Read MORE...


  • April 9, 1905: Aerial Ferry Bridge opened in Duluth, Minnesota

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com

  • News 1907 - BIG FIRE AT DULUTH. Damage Figured at $2,268,000 and One Life Believed Lost
    DULUTH, Min., Nov. 9.- Fire which started in the Great Northern elevator, at Superior, Wis., about 9 o'clock last night, was brought under control...Read MORE...


  • News 1910 - BOY IS STRUCK DOWN BY AUTO. Thomas Wood Is Thrown From Bicycle as He Darts in Front of Moving Machine.
    Thomas Wood, 10 year old son of T. S. Wood, 1927 East Superior street, had a narrow escape yesterday afternoon from being crushed under the wheels of ...Read MORE...


  • 1913 - Blizzard
    Nov 9-11, 1913, one of the worst November storms ever on the Great Lakes. Blizzard in northern MN, 62 mph winds at Duluth, three ships lost on Lake...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Duluth, a city and port of entry, the capital of St. Louis co., Minn., is finely situated at the W. end of Lake Superior, at the head of navigation...Read MORE...


  • News 1918 - October 12 - Forest fires ravaged parts of Minnesota from the Duluth area northeastward, claiming the lives of 600 persons.

    The Weather Channel
    October 12, 1918

  • News 1920 - June 15 - Duluth lynchings in Minnesota

    historyorb.com
    June 15, 1920

  • Duluth, Minnesota, USA
    Hotel Lincoln
  • Duluth, Minnesota, USA

  • 1939 - Roof of Duluth Amphitheater collapsed under weight of snow during hockey game

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1941 - March 15-16 - The most severe blizzard in modern history struck North Dakota and Minnesota.
    The blizzard hit on a Saturday night while many are traveling, and thus claimed 71 lives. Winds gusted to 75 mph at Duluth MN, and reached 85 mph at...Read MORE...


  • 1959 - Duluth gained access to Atlantic Ocean with opening of St. Lawrence Seaway

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm



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  • 1870 - February 15 - Ground broken for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn
    historyorb.com
  • News  1888 - DULUTH'S BIG BLAZE. THE HANDSOME OPERA HOUSE A TOTAL WRECK - LOSS $250,000.
    Duluth, Jan. 29. - At 1:50 o'clock a.m. fire was discovered in the opera house block.

    In thirty minutes the whole building was in a blaze.

    The... Read MORE...

  • 1892 - Mar 8-9, 1892 - Blizzard
    One of Duluth's worst blizzards. 70 mph winds, blinding snow piled drifts over 20 ft high, blocking second story windows in some... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - BUILDING DESTROYED.
    Duluth, Minn., Dec. 30. - Flames destroyed the Fargusson building in Duluth, Minn., causing a loss of about $250,000 on building and contents. Stevens Point Daily Journal
    Stevens Point, Wisconsin
    December 31, 1892
  • 1905 - Blizzard
    Nov 27-28, 1905, another blizzard at Duluth with 60 mph winds. Sank ships in Lake Superior.

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Famous... Read MORE...

  • April 9, 1905: Aerial Ferry Bridge opened in Duluth, Minnesota
    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
  • News  1907 - BIG FIRE AT DULUTH. Damage Figured at $2,268,000 and One Life Believed Lost
    DULUTH, Min., Nov. 9.- Fire which started in the Great Northern elevator, at Superior, Wis., about 9 o'clock last night, was brought under control... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - BOY IS STRUCK DOWN BY AUTO. Thomas Wood Is Thrown From Bicycle as He Darts in Front of Moving Machine.
    Thomas Wood, 10 year old son of T. S. Wood, 1927 East Superior street, had a narrow escape yesterday afternoon from being crushed under the wheels of ... Read MORE...

  • 1913 - Blizzard
    Nov 9-11, 1913, one of the worst November storms ever on the Great Lakes. Blizzard in northern MN, 62 mph winds at Duluth, three ships lost on Lake... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Duluth, a city and port of entry, the capital of St. Louis co., Minn., is finely situated at the W. end of Lake Superior, at the head of navigation... Read MORE...

  • News  1918 - October 12 - Forest fires ravaged parts of Minnesota from the Duluth area northeastward, claiming the lives of 600 persons.
    The Weather Channel
    October 12, 1918
  • News  1920 - June 15 - Duluth lynchings in Minnesota
    historyorb.com
    June 15, 1920
  • 1939 - Roof of Duluth Amphitheater collapsed under weight of snow during hockey game
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1941 - March 15-16 - The most severe blizzard in modern history struck North Dakota and Minnesota.
    The blizzard hit on a Saturday night while many are traveling, and thus claimed 71 lives. Winds gusted to 75 mph at Duluth MN, and reached 85 mph at... Read MORE...

  • 1959 - Duluth gained access to Atlantic Ocean with opening of St. Lawrence Seaway
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

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