Posts by Tony Dierckins

‘Glensheen: The Official Guide’ a winner at the 2017 NEMBAs

Dennis O’Hara’s Glensheen: The Official Guide to Duluth’s Historic Congdon Estate, published by Zenith City Press, won the Northeast Minnesota Book Award in the Art and Photography category at last night’s 29th-annual award program. Congratulations to Dennis, whose photographs of Glensheen and the grounds that surround it are the focus of the book and the…

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Welcome to a new day in the Zenith City!

You’ve no-doubt noticed the website looks quite different today. But you may not have noticed that for the past few years webmeister Dan Turner has essentially been keeping Zenith City Online online with the digital equivalent of duct tape and chewing gum. And now Dan is heading to Northwestern University to get his Ph.D. in linguistics, so…

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Cook House

501 West Skyline Parkway | Architect: I. Vernon Hill | Built: 1900 | Extant Most Duluthians know the Arthur P. Cook house (named for its first owner, a Duluth druggist who dabbled in real estate and later operated the County Poor Farm) as the “House of Rock” both for the rocky lot it sits on…

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Cross River

Missionary Frederic R. Baraga, born in Yugoslavia in 1797, came to the United States in 1830 to devote his life to the American Indians of the Upper Great Lakes and was named Bishop of Upper Michigan in 1853 (Baraga, Michigan, is named for him). But before that, he had a little trouble in a canoe.…

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Brief History of Duluth, 1856–1939

Boom, Bust, Boom Two years before the Treaty of 1854, George Stuntz had pulled up stakes in Superior, made his way to Minnesota Point, and driven them back down, becoming Duluth’s unofficial first resident of European descent. He wasn’t alone for long. With the treaty in place, mining speculators hoping to make it rich pulling…

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Duluth’s Development, 1856–1939

The city we now know as Duluth began developing in 1856, after the 1854 Treaty of LaPointe opened land north of Lake Superior for settlement by Americans of European descent. Superior, Wisconsin, pioneer George Stuntz famously set up the first structure—a trading post on the southern end of Minnesota Point—four years earlier. Between 1856 and…

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Important Dates in Duluth History

1854 | 1854 Treaty of La Pointe opens settlement on the “Minnesota side” of Lake Superior 1854 | Townsite surveyed and platted by Richard Relf (unofficial: anecdotal information provided by pioneer James Bardon) 1855 (March 3) | Minnesota’s Superior County is renamed St. Louis County. 1855-1856 (winter) | Township of Duluth at the base of…

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Duluth’s Mayors

March 6, 1870: Duluth becomes a City 1. J. B. Culver, 1870 2. Clinton Markell, 1871 3. Sidney Luce, 1872 4. Vespasian Smith, 1873 5. Peter Dean, 1875 6. John Drew, 1876 March 4, 1877: Duluth’s city charter expires Community becomes the “District of Duluth” October 22, 1877: Community becomes “Village of Duluth” 7. A.…

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Duluth & St. Louis County, Minnesota: Their Story & People

by Walter Van Brunt (1921) In 1921 Duluth pioneer Walter Van Brunt completed editing a three-volume history of Duluth and St. Louis County from 1856 to 1921 called Duluth & St. Louis County, Minnesota: Their Story & People. The book was published in three volumes by the American Historical Society of Chicago and New York.…

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The History of Duluth & St. Louis County, Minnesota

by Dwight Woodbridge and John Pardee (1910) In 1910 C. F. Cooper & Co. of Chicago published The History of Duluth & St. Louis County, Minnesota, by Dwight Woodbridge and John Pardee. This book covers the history of Duluth spanning from the days of the voyageurs through 1910 and includes a year-by-year account of Duluth’s…

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