Originally published August 2014
August’s Past & Present Pic by Jim Davis takes us to 120 North 4th Avenue West, site of today’s Government Services Center, which from 1881 to 1907 was the location of the Charles F. and Mary Johnson Home. In 1871, barely two years after arriving in Duluth, Charles F. Johnson wrote in his diary, “I have hung myself on the future prosperity of this young city, and it is not pleasant to think that I may be destined to hang here like a scarecrow on a bean pole, a warning to young adventurers… and as for failing, I will not fail, and be it through thick or thin, I will have a castle on Lake Superior yet!” Johnson indeed thrived in Duluth, and in 1881 built his “castle” along Fourth Avenue West in downtown Duluth. (By the way, the dog in the top photo is Johnson’s English Setter, Snap.). Read more about Charles Johnson and his house here. And catch up on all of Jim’s Past & Present photographs here.