Support Zenith City Press—
and Get a FREE BOOK!

Like every other small, tourism-dependent business in Duluth, we are struggling as retailers and attractions are shut down while we navigate the pandemic. Book sales drive Zenith City Press, allowing us to provide our free Duluth History Archive and deliver a free “This Day in Duluth” story to you every day.

So to encourage sales of our books directly from Zenith City Press, we are giving away a copy of one of our illustrated history books each time you order any book, including Zenith City Press publisher Tony Dierckins’s brand-new Duluth: An Urban Biography. (We just add $5 to your order to cover additional shipping and recover a portion of our cost to manufacture the book.) Choose from:

  • Duluth’s Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years (regularly $24.95; preview the book here). With more free time during the pandemic, Duluthians are getting outside and rediscovering the city’s remarkable park system—over 170 properties and roadways encompassing about 12,000 acres or roughly 25% of the entire city. Get to know your favorite parks and discover new ways to enjoy Duluth’s natural beauty.
  • Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior (regularly $24.95; preview the book here) is full of fun and fascinating stories—and nearly 600 images—of making beer in the Twin Ports from 19th-century pioneers to the big four of brewing‘s golden age (Duluth’s Fitger’s, Peoples, Duluth Brewing & Malting, and Northern in Superior) and  all of today’s craft brewers making beer with Lake Superior water.

Purchase one of these titles and select your free book—just click the cover!

Duluth: An Urban Biography
The newest book by Zenith City Press publisher Tony Dierckins condenses the Zenith City’s entire history—from the creation of Lake Superior to 2019 mayoral election—into what Duluth author and former poet laureate Bart Sutter calls “the book we’ve been missing for years—a reliable, brisk narrative history of Minnesota’s most distinctive city. The author’s clear, engaging style conveys tragic and comic events with equal ease.”

Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood
Discover what Duluth has lost through over 400 photographs and sketches of vanished homes, buildings, landmarks, industries, and residential neighborhoods. A finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. “This book is an absolutely mesmerizing look into this city’s past. Don’t miss it.” — Duluth-Superior Magazine

Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge
The complete story of Duluth’s iconic landmark, from cutting the canal to the bridge’s 100th anniversary, separating facts from myths while in a compelling tale. A finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. “…Required reading for anyone who loves Duluth. Not only is it an informative read, but a fascinating one as well.” — Duluth Budgeteer

Will to Murder: The True Story Behind the Crimes and Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings
“Fascinating, well-written, and gripping, Will to Murder gets you hooked like a good crime novel, takes you for a ride and leaves you wanting more. Finally, the definitive book, the story behind the story of the Congdon-Pietila murders”— Duluth News-Tribune. “The most informed account of the chilling details, bizarre twists, and lingering mysteries surrounding the murders Minnesota can’t forget.”— Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Glensheen:  The Official Guide to Duluth’s Historic Congdon Estate
Over 250 modern and historic photographs guide you along a detailed room-by-room tour of the Minnesota’s most famous mansion and a stroll through the estate grounds as you learn the story of the Congdon family and how Chester Congdon created the fortune that financed their grand home on Lake Superior’s North Shore.

Historic Glensheen, 1905–1930: Photographs from the Congdon Estate’s First 25 Years
A collection of 115 photos—most never before seen by the public—of Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate along the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. They include photos of the estate under construction and how nearly each room looked in 1909, the year the Congdon’s moved in.


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