In 1870, its first year as a city, Duluth — destined to become the “Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas” — buzzed with activity. Immigrants poured in, swelling the population as construction transformed the landscape from wilderness to urban center. Consequently, that first year came with many firsts.
Duluth built its first brick building and several churches, began daily operations of the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, and appointed its first police chief—who turned out to be less than trustworthy. Get the details on these events and more in ZCP publisher Tony Dierckins’s sixth of eight installments on Duluth’s early history for the Duluth News Tribune, “1870: Duluth‘s first year as a city,” here.
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Happy 150th Birthday, City of Duluth!