Universal Flour

This Month's Ghost Sign

This ghost sign advertising Duluth Universal Flour is found on the east wall of the building at 2814 West Third Street, home of J. Carlson’s Upholstery and Fabric Supplies today. (Image: Dan Turner, substreet.org)

W. A. Scott opened Duluth’s Universal Flour at the foot of South Twelfth Avenue West in 1900. Within a few years—thanks to industry wide consolidation—it was the only flour mill in Duluth (there were many more in Superior). Universal made flour in the Zenith City until 1957; the building was razed the following year. Superior’s Standard Milling, the Twin Ports last operating flour mill, held on until 1970. Read a history of flour milling in Duluth in this excerpt from Lost Duluth. The flour milling business was inextricably tied to the grain trade; read our November feature, Duluth’s Grainy Memory, also by “Ghost Sign” photographer Dan Turner.

This Month's Ghost Sign

5 Responses to Universal Flour

  1. Do you have anything interesting on Zinsmaster Baking or Flour Mill? Seems a Mr. Zinsmaster lived on Superior Street not far from Congdon School.

  2. Hi Tony,

    We have a great 1961 image of the Duluth Universal Flour mill on our Twin Ports Time Machine Vol. 1 CD. I’ll send that JPEG to you via email so you know which shot I’m talking about. You’re welcome to show that to your viewers. We do have just a few of those Vol. 1 CDs left available for sale in our web store in case anyone is interested in older restored images of Duluth that they can view on their computers or HDTVs.

    Keep up the great work.

    Jeff Lemke, President
    Twin Ports Rail History, Inc.

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