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Superior, Wisconsin, USA - Grand Opera House and Belknap Street, Superior, Wis.

Ojibwa Indians originally inhabited the area. Fur-trading posts were established beginning in 1661. Permanent settlement, begun in 1853, produced three communities that were consolidated as a city in 1889. Superior’s growth was stimulated by the discovery of iron ore in the Mesabi Range of Minnesota in the 1890s, and it became an important shipping point. Grain, iron ore (taconite), limestone, and coal are shipped. Crude oil for refining arrives from western Canada via a pipeline. The port has extensive railway connections. Superior’s economy includes tourism, shipbuilding and repair, the manufacture of heavy equipment, wood products, and textiles, and flour milling.

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Grand Opera House and Belknap Street, Superior, Wis.
Superior, Wisconsin, USA

Grand Opera House and Belknap Street, Superior, Wis.
Great Northern Elevator, Superior, Wis.
Superior, Wisconsin, USA

Great Northern Elevator, Superior, Wis.
Post Office, Superior, Wis.
Superior, Wisconsin, USA

Post Office, Superior, Wis.

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1895 - Superior
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 ... Read MORE...

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. Louis and Nemadji rivers, adjacent to the city of Duluth, from which it is separated by St. Louis Bay (the embouchure of the St. Louis River), 140 miles (direct) NNE. of Minneapolis, Minn., on the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic, the Great Northern and other railroads. It has a number of notable public buildings, a state normal school, St. Mary's Hospital, ship-building yards, breweries, iron- works, foundries and boiler-shops, lumber- and flour-mills, and various other manufactories. It is an important shipping point for iron products, grain, flour, lard, cement, and lumber. Pop. of village in 1887, 3353; of the city in 1890, 11,983; in 1900, 31,091.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
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," one of the largest in the world, was burned to the ground. The flames also reached to the Grand Republic mill on Towner Bay Slip, the great lakes dredge and Rock Company and dock and the Duluth Superior Storage Company and the total loss is estimated at more than $2,000,000. The A. D. Thompson Grain Company of Duluth leased the elevator from the Great Northern. The loss is well covered by insurance.

The losses figured to date are:
Great Northern elevator and power house, $1,300,000; Great lakes dredge and docks company, $850,000; Freeman Flour Mills and Elevator Co., $200,000; Minkota Flour Mill, $250,000; Whitney Brothers and Ship-building plant, $250,000 each.

The flames were not gotten under control until this morning. Four fire tugs responded to the first alarm, but the intense heat drove them so far back that they were... Read MORE...

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 blamed to careless switching. The known dead: Nick Libest, laborer, Superior; John Koski, laborer, Superior; unidentified man, supposed laborer. The fatally injured: Isaac Isel, laborer, leg cut off; unidentified man, laborer, leg and arm cut off. Badly hurt; John Koshlo, bruised and cut by ore lumps; Charles Stanholm, laborer, bruised and cut; Reno Eskitine, laborer, bruised and crushed. A moving train ran into a standing train, throwing the workmen into ore pockets and covering them with ore. Within a minute several hundred workmen were on the scene, wildly digging into the pockets. All the ambulances in the city and a dozen doctors were summoned. The injured were removed to a hospital, which the dead were put in a switchhouse.
The Stevens Point Journal
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
August 9, 1913
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 powder dryer house of the Dupont plant was blown to pieces.
The roof was blown 150 feet from the rest of the building and the front of the building was also blown away.

Murray and Malyszeski were picked up but slightly injured 150 feet from the building on the other side of a railroad track and do not know whether they ran or they were blown there.
Sheboygan Press
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
February 25, 1925
2023 - Here's a list of the best places to go and things to do in Superior:
Apostle Islands Cruise Service:

Take a scenic cruise with Apostle Islands Cruise Service. Explore the stunning Apostle Islands, known for sea caves, lighthouses, and pristine beaches.

Amnicon Falls State Park:

Immerse yourself in nature at Amnicon Falls State Park. Hike along picturesque trails and marvel at the waterfalls, which are particularly beautiful in the fall.

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center:

Discover the maritime history of the region at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Explore interactive exhibits and enjoy panoramic views of the harbor.

Fairlawn Mansion & Museum:

Step back in time at Fairlawn Mansion & Museum. This well-preserved mansion offers a glimpse into Superior's history during the late 1800s.

Big Manitou Falls:

Visit Pattison State Park to see Big Manitou Falls, the highest waterfall in Wisconsin. Hike the trails and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Barker's Island Marina:

Take a leisurely stroll along Barker's Island...

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