February 21: “Robber Barons & The Iron Range” FREE at Glensheen


Thanks to everyone who made it to Glensheen last night for a sneak peek at ZCP’s forthcoming book Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth and Superior—what a romantic way to spend Valentine’s day! Next week we’re going to explain how the Congdon family financed Glensheen.

After John D. Rockefeller essentially stole the Mesabi Iron Range holdings of West Duluth’s Merritt family in 1894, Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Henry Oliver—with his partner Chester Congdon—battled over the Iron Range. The fight ended when J. P. Morgan formed U. S. Steel, which also created the fortune that financed the construction of public libraries across the nation as well as Congdon’s Glensheen.

Details here:

Glensheen’s Zenith City On Tap series offers free hour-long presentations and Q&A sessions on Duluth’s history in the mansion’s lower recreation room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Local beer and wine available.


  1. Jim Olson on February 15, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Shouldn’t it be “sneak peek”, and not “sneak peak”?

    • Tony Dierckins on February 15, 2018 at 10:52 am

      It sure should! I’ll fix that—thanks!

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