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"Superior, a flourishing city of Wisconsin, the capital of Douglas co., is situated at the head (west end) of Lake Superior, at the mouths of the St. Louis and Nemadji Rivers, adjacent to the city of Duluth, from which it is separated by St. Louis Bay (the embouchure of St. Louis River), about 110 miles (179 by rail) N. by E. of Minneapolis and about 400 miles N.W. of Chicago. Superior was chartered as a village in 1887, and as a city in 1889. It has 35 church organizations, the most of which own their places of worship, 2 commodious hospitals, 8 fine public school buildings erected at a cost of $266,830 and now valued with grounds at $341,848, a city hall, a public library, a fire department with electric alarm appliances, 40 miles of paved streets, an excellent sewer system, 42. Its industrial appliances embrace several extensive grain. elevators and flouring-mills, dry-docks, and manufactories of steel ships, iron and steel rails and plate, chairs, wagons, stoves, windmills, brewery products, shirts, bricks, sash and doors, mineral paint, mattresses, adamant, lime, barrels, lumber, shingles, &c. It has 12 banks, and newspapers in the English, German, Swedish, and other languages. Four railways connected by belt lines and terminal systems converge here. Pop. of village in 1887, 3353; of the city in 1890, 11,983; in 1891, 21,215; present pop, about 35,000."

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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  • Superior, Wisconsin, USA
    Grand Opera House and Belknap Street, Superior, Wis.
  • 1906
    Superior, a city, subport of entry, and capital of Douglas co., Wis., if situated at the head (west end) of Lake Superior, at the mouths of the St....Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - 600,000 BUSHELS OF GRAIN DESTROYED AT SUPERIOR - Great Northern Elevator Burns to Ground and Fire Also Does Further Damage - Total Loss Over Two Millions
    SUPERIOR, Wis., Nov. 9. - Six hundred thousand bushels of grain, principally wheat, was destroyed early to-day, when the Great Northern elevator "A," ...Read MORE...


  • Superior, Wisconsin, USA
    Great Northern Elevator, Superior, Wis.
  • News 1913 - Train Wreck
    Superior - Indignant over the ore car collision in which three persons were killed and several injured, 250 dock workers struck. The accident is...Read MORE...


  • News 1925 - Workers Survive When Blast Blows Roof From Plant
    Superior - George Murray and Carl Malyszeski, both of Washburn, are recovering at a Washburn hospital after a miraculous escape when the smokeless...Read MORE...


  • Superior, Wisconsin, USA
    Post Office, Superior, Wis.


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