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This Day in Duluth Archive

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April 4, 1913: Duluth declared home of the most Finns in the State

On this day in Duluth in 1913, the Duluth News Tribune reported that the U. S. Census office declared the Zenith City home to more Finns than any other community in the United States. The data, collected in 1910, showed that 2,772 Finns lived in Duluth; the paper declared their must be more, since “there…

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April 1 , 1934: John Dillinger stops in Esko to have his car fixed

On this day outside of Duluth in 1934, John Dillinger reportedly stopped in a gas station in Esko on his way to the Twin Cities. According to the book Esko’s Corner, the story begins the previous year: “In June 1933, William Hamm Jr., president of Hamm’s Brewery in St. Paul, was kidnapped and held for…

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March 30, 1914: The first residents of Morgan Park move into their homes

On this day in Duluth in 1914, the first residents of Morgan Park—a “model city” (or “company town”) built by U. S. Steel to house some employees at the adjacent Minnesota Steel Plant—moved into their home. According to historian Arne Alanan, those first residents were “steel plant brick works superintendent John McLimans, his Canadian-born wife,…

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March 28, 1927: Ground broken for the construction of Duluth’s new City Hall 

On this day in Duluth in 1927, dignitaries broke ground to ceremonially begin the construction of Duluth’s new City Hall, first envisioned by architect Daniel Burnham in 1909. It was a simple affair. City officials broke ground along with Thomas J. Shefchik, the building’s architect, and George Lounsberry, who won the building contract. Lounsberry had…

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March 27, 1926: Plan to expand Lake Shore Park appears in newspaper

On this Day in Duluth in 1926, Mayor Sam Snively and Park Superintendent F. Rodney Paine announced plans for the development of Lake Shore Park. Snively and Paine offered a new variation on the park’s expansion. They proposed a breakwater that would extend five hundred feet into the lake from the back of the Duluth…

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March 26, 1890: Park board passes resolution creating park police

On this day in Duluth in 1890, Duluth’s Board of Park Commissions passed a resolution authorizing the appointment of park policeman. President William K. Rogers explained there was a “necessity for police supervision in the several parks and along the connecting driveway to prevent the deposit of offal and garbage and injury to trees and…

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