The neighborhood located just north of the Missabe Junction rail yard is an important part of Duluth’s industrial heritage, but what remains today pales in comparison to what was here through the early 1960s. Known officially as the Helm Addition, this small blue-collar community was located between 24th and 31st Avenues West with Superior Street being the northern boundary and Courtland Avenue (south of the tracks along the waterfront) being the southern edge. Duluthian’s called this place “Slabtown” and it was quite literally surrounded by large factories and railroad tracks. [To learn more about the history behind the Slabtown name click here.] This month we look back to see how Urban Renewal Administration programs forever changed the face of business along the tracks and especially the central core of modest homes that were once located here. Click on the photographs to enlarge them. Last month’s story, the first part to this series on the Missabe Junction, can be found here.