This Day in Duluth Archive

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December 15, 1980: The unexpected death of Proctor’s Terry Egerdahl

On this day in Duluth in 1980, noted Proctor athlete Terry Egerdahl collapsed and died from a heart attack while warming up to play a pick-up basketball game at the Duluth Air Base. He was 27 years old. According to Twin Ports baseball historian Anthony Bush, “Terry Egerdahl was an athlete par excellence. He was known as…

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December 14, 1856: Birth of Hibbing namesake Frank Hibbing

On this day in 1856, the namesake of Hibbing, Minnesota—Frank Hibbing—was born in Kirchboitzen, Hanover, Germany. When he was 18 Hibbing immigrated to the U.S., settling first at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He worked for a time on a farm and then in a shingle mill, where an accident with a saw took three fingers from…

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December 13, 1892: Final meeting of the City of Lakeside

On this Day in what would soon become part of Duluth in 1892, the trustees of the City of Lakeside met for the last time, as the community was set to officially become the Duluth neighborhoods of Lakeside and Lester Park on January 1, 1893. In the 1880s, pioneer William Sargent and a few friends…

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December 10, 1915: City officials approve zoo in Lester Park

On this day in Duluth in 1915, the Duluth Elks Club announced it had received approval from city officials to open a zoo in Lester Park. The Elks had been pushing city officials on the idea of a zoo all year, pressing hard in November. On December 6 the city adopted a measure for the…

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December 8, 1961: The Duluth-Superior Bridge Opens to Traffic

On this day in Duluth and Superior in 1961, the Duluth-Superior Bridge opened to automobile traffic, the first modern bridge to span the St. Louis Bay between the neighboring cities. The new span replaced the Interstate Bridge, a swinging toll bridge that stretched from Rice’s Point in Duluth to Connor’s Point in Superior from 1897…

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December 7, 1940: Duluth’s own USS Paducah arrives in Brooklyn

On this day in 1940, the USS Paducah—training vessel of the Duluth Naval Militia—and her crew of naval reservists from Duluth arrived in Brooklyn, New York, where it would spend the next few years training sailors for battle during the Second World War. Launched in 1904, the Paducah was a Dubuque-class gunboat that joined the…

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December 6, 1902: Skeptic Frightened by clog-dancing Spirit

On this day in Duluth in 1902, a skeptic visiting an alleged haunted house in Duluth’s West End was frightened right out of the house. The spirit was thought to be that of former alderman A. M. Cox, who ran the pavilion at Lincoln Park. Cox stopped to help sewer workers working at 27th Avenue…

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