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Duluth: An Urban Biography

Tony Dierckins

Paperback | 192 pages | 45 b&w photos | 6x9 inches | $18.95 Retail



Published by Minnesota Historical Society Press, Duluth: An Urban Biography—written by Zenith City Press’s  Tony Dierckins—covers the entire history of Duluth, from the Precambrian lava flows of 2.6 billion years ago that formed the bed of Lake Superior through the November 2019 mayoral election, just months before the Duluth’s 150th anniversary as a city.

In this richly textured urban biography, Dierckins highlights the fascinating stories of Duluth, Minnesota, the “Zenith City if the Unsalted Seas”: Its significance as the final stop in the Ojibwe’s legendary westward migration. The cycle of booms and busts that shaped its early civic history. The natural port on St. Louis Bay that made shipping its first and most important business. The legends surrounding the digging of its ship canal, and the unique and iconic aerial bridge that spans it. The industries, industrialists, and immigrants that drove its commerce. The city’s boundless natural beauty, displayed through its unparalleled and expansive park system. The 1920 lynching of three African American circus workers. The 1977 Glensheen murders. as Duluth’s contributions to popular culture—and popular culture’s long history of disparaging Duluth. And throughout the years, how Lake Superior and the St. Louis River have driven and sustained Duluth’s economy, offered its residents unlimited recreational opportunities, attracted tourists who flock to their shores—and created an east-west sociopolitical split that divides the city to this day.

Please note: Because MHS Press, and not Zenith City Press, is the book’s publisher, we cannot offer discounts off the cover price, but ordering through us is the ONLY way to get purchase an author-signed copy online. Preorder now: Book is not available until April 15, 2020.