A slightly belated welcome to 2020, a year stuffed full of important—and notorious—anniversaries for the Zenith City.
This year marks Duluth’s 150th Anniversary of first becoming a city in March 1870. There were many Duluth “firsts” that year, and we will celebrate many of those with our “This Day in Duluth” entries. I’ll also be sharing stories of Duluth’s first fifteen years or so every-other Sunday in the Duluth News Tribune beginning January 12 and going though April, when my newest book—Duluth: An Urban Biography—will be released. Meanwhile click on this link for a listing of all our 1870-related stories.
And 2020 is of course 100 years since 1920, a huge year in Duluth history that includes Duluth’s most tragic day: June 15, 1920, when an angry and ill-informed, racially motivated mob lynched three young men falsely accused of rape. You can read Heidi Bakk-Hansen’s story on the lynchings here and her story about the victims of the lynchings here. And for all other items related to 1920, click here. (We’ll be gathering all our information on Prohibition and the history of liquor laws in Duluth for a story on January 17, the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act going into effect.)