Posts by Tony Dierckins

New: Vintage Art from Zenith City Press!

Zenith City Press is happy to announce that we have launched a line of artwork celebrating historic Duluth and Western Lake Superior. Over the years we have collected images of historic art featuring Duluth, Minnesota, Superior, Wisconsin, and the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior, from paintings, sketches, and etchings to photos, maps, and lithographic…

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How the Twin Ports became the Twin Ports

[Note: This article was originally published by the Duluth News Tribune on January 6, 2021 as part of its “Northlandia” series. Readers of our ”This Day in Duluth“ column will no-doubt recall that this story was also the subject of the “This Day” story this past February 7.]   This month’s Northlandia answers a question…

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The West End and West Duluth: What’s the difference?

[Note: This article was originally published by the Duluth News Tribune on January 6, 2021 as part of its “Northlandia” series] Recently my wife lamented that, with COVID-19 precautions, she misses the cideries in West Duluth. I couldn’t help myself: “Do you mean the West End?” She replied, “What’s the difference?” Well, plenty, depending on…

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Make Your Holidays Historic!

Whether you’re buying for a loved one or yourself, you can’t beat the gift of a good book. And if you or yours enjoy Duluth history, we have you covered with a variety of titles and some great deals on book bundles. Click the cover to review or purchase each book. New! Duluth: An Urban…

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Free Books for an Additional $5 shipping!

Purchase any single book from Zenith City Press and we’ll give you a copy of Duluth’s Historic Parks or Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better for just $5 to help us cover the additional shipping cost. Duluth: An Urban Biography with Duluth’s Historic Parks: CLICK HERE. Duluth: An Urban Biography with Naturally Brewed: CLICK HERE. Lost Duluth…

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Franklin Square: Once a cemetery, now a lot for tots

[NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Duluth News Tribune on September 9, 2020] This month Ted B. of Duluth asks Northlandia, “What’s the history of the cemetery that once stood on the current Tot Lot site on Minnesota Point?” That’s a great question to dig into during the month that ends with Halloween. The…

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Park Point and Minnesota Point are not synonymous

  [NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Duluth News Tribune on September 9, 2020] This past July the Duluth News Tribune ran a story about efforts to bolster the sand beach along Minnesota Point south of the Duluth Ship Canal. The headline read “Work begins to heal Park Point’s shoreline.” Similarly, a recent story…

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How Duluth’s creeks got their names

NOTE: This was originally published as a “Northlandia’ column in the Duluth News Tribune on August 5, 2020 and was updated in January, 2021. Original posting here. Special thanks to Heidi Bakk-Hansen, who previous work for Zenith City Online tracing local place names (linked to below) has greatly informed this article.]   Cathy P. of…

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How innocuous are Duluth’s historic white-guy statues?

Note: This article was written by Zenith City Press publisher as a “Local View” for the Duluth News Tribune and was first published online on July 6, 2020, and in print on July 7, 2020.   I always enjoy reading my friend Jim Heffernan’s columns in the Duluth News Tribune, which often take me back…

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