Duluth in the 1860s had been described as a “lifeless corpse,” and that February 1869 fewer than 200 people lived in town. That’s when financier Jay Cooke announced he would bring his Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad to Duluth instead of Superior, Wisconsin—and that when Duluth rose from the grave to become the Zenith City.
Why did Cooke ultimately choose Duluth? Find out in ZCP publisher Tony Dierckins’s fourth of eight installments on Duluth’s early history for the Duluth News Tribune, “How Jay Cooke resurrected Duluth’s ‘lifeless corpse’”, here.
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Happy 150th Birthday, City of Duluth!