Duluth’s Soo Line Depot

This Month's Lost Landmark Photo

Originally published November 2014
The 1910 Duluth Soo line Depot captured in a postcard produced between 1910 and 1915. (Image: Zenith City Press)

The Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, commonly called the Soo Line, arrived in Duluth in 1910 in grand style. It built a large passenger depot designed by Charles E. Bell, William M. Tyrie, and Cecil B. Chapman at 602 West Superior Street. The Neoclassical Revival–style building, faced in red brick with stone and terra cotta trim, stood one-and-a-half-stories tall along Superior Street but dropped two stories in back to reach Michigan Street. The depot’s construction cost $250,000. The Soo Line Depot was demolished in 1972 as part of Duluth’s Gateway Urban Renewal Project. Gateway Towers, an apartment complex for seniors, now occupies the Soo Line Depot’s former site. Redevelopment plans had at first called for the building to be saved and reused as the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center. Unfortunately years of neglect resulted in a completely flooded basement, which undermined the building’s structural strength. The 1892 Duluth Union Depot at 506 West Michigan Street—originally slated for demolition—was instead saved for the Heritage and Arts Center. Read more about the history of railroads in Duluth here.

This Month's Lost Landmark Photo

4 Responses to Duluth’s Soo Line Depot

  1. I was in the old Soo Depot many times as my father worked for the Soo Line. I would take the train many times to Moose Lake to stay with my dad’s sister at their farm. Was an interesting trip through the tunnel It was a beautiful building.

  2. Stately old building. It would have made a fine looking museum. I took the train from there when it was still a depot. It should be pointed out that just east of the depot, the tracks went underground — beneath Michigan/Superior Street — for quite a distance, a tunnel that no longer exists.

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