Posts by Heidi Bakk-Hansen

Herschel & Bob Fryberger

Herschel Burroughs Fryberger came to Duluth from Goodhue County, Minnesota, where his family were pioneers, arriving here to practice law in 1893. He was very successful, entering into the heat of Duluth’s heyday, working at first in partnership with Lane McGregor. His associations with Duluth’s bigwigs on the legal front put him in the usual…

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Amanda & Ole O. Kolstad

Ole O. and Amanda Kolstad played prominent roles in Woodland real estate and later repurposed many of Duluth’s old mansions. Ole was born in Norway in 1878 and started his working life in Duluth in 1900 as a conductor for the Duluth Street Railway Company on the Woodland line. In 1906 he purchased property in…

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Charles A. Lanigan

Looking at old maps of Duluth can sometimes give a sense of the optimism that pervaded developers’ hearts back around the turn of the 20th century. They often platted streets that were never built, and perhaps only the sharp-eyed hiker or map enthusiast may find the remnants of those grandiose plans. In the upper Riverside…

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Charles G. Miller

It would be a fair assumption that, since Miller Creek crosses Miller Trunk Highway several times, the road was named for the creek and, by extension, Robert P. Miller. Not so. Miller Trunk Highway is named for Charles Goodell Miller, who arrived in Duluth in 1871, seven years after the creek’s namesake had passed. He…

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George Reis

Most of the streets in Duluth’s Gary neighborhood bear names that have some relationship to the Minnesota Steel Company, the United States Steel subsidiary that created Gary and Morgan Park for the convenience of its workers. One of those is Reis Street, named for iron-and-steel magnate George Reis or one of his sons. Believe it…

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Jeremiah Triggs

Some called it the end of an era. Within a few weeks in the early months of 1905, two of Duluth’s biggest boosters were dead. The more famous was Jay Cooke, the man who financed Duluth’s first boom in the late 1860s and early 1870s, who died on February 16. The other was a more…

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Anna L. Zimmerly

…including Dr. Arthur S. and Charles E. Lovett Many of Duluth’s streets were platted between 1890 and 1910, most often by real estate developers who chose to name the streets after themselves or family members, and so the vast majority of the Zenith City’s roadways are labeled in honor of fairly wealthy white men. There are,…

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Powell Crosley

Crosley Avenue in Lakeside sticks out as a bit of an incongruity. Unlike the rest of the streets in the neighborhood, it roughly parallels the lakeshore like Superior Street and London Road. In fact, if you view it in an aerial photographic, you can see that it fronts a neighborhood that is distinctly less developed…

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Ann Colby Albright

In the first half of the twentieth century, community musical gatherings were dominated by two art forms: orchestra and choral singing. And of all the choral directors in town at the time, there was one name that shone brightest: Ann Colby Albright. Ann Colby was born in 1899 in Duluth to Charles and Laura Colby.…

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Nicholas & Benjamin Decker

Duluth’s Decker Road is named for Benjamin Decker, who had a market farm and greenhouse on the road in the early part of the 20th century. The road was originally called “the Decker road”—short for “the road to Decker’s farm”—and it was built in 1915 as a connector for rural Duluth market gardeners to get…

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