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Duluth’s first boom—and bust: 1856–1868

Sidney Luce, one of a few people who “stood watch over the lifeless corpse of Duluth” in the 1860s. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

As 1856 began, perhaps no other region in the U.S. stood as poised with promise as did the western end of Lake Superior. But by December 1857, more than half the people who lived in Superior and what is now Duluth began fleeing in droves.

Why—and what was life in Duluth like in the 1860s? Well, you’ll just have to read about it in ZCP publisher Tony Dierckins’s third of eight installments on Duluth’s early history for the Duluth News Tribune. Read about “Duluth’s first boom—and bust: 1856–1868” here.

And catch up on the series by reading the second installment—about the Zenith City’s many birthdays—here, and the first installment—about how Duluth came to be called “Duluth”—here.

Happy 150th Birthday, City of Duluth!

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