This Day in Duluth Archive

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October 22, 1877: Duluth Incorporated as a Village

On this day in Duluth in 1877, the Zenith City was a city no more, and was incorporated as a village. Actually, it had not technically been a city since March 14 of that year, when it had lost its city charter due to its financial debts and had become the District of Duluth. It was…

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October 21, 1892: Duluth’s Central High School Dedicated

On this day in Duluth in 1892, officials officially dedicated Duluth High School at Lake Avenue and East Second, , known today as “Old Central.” The $1.1 million building was designed by Duluth architect’s Palmer and Hunt, who modeled their design after the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The dedication began with an…

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October 16, 1857: Birth of Augustus B. Wolvin

On this day in 1857, future Duluthian Augustus B. Wolvin was born in Cleveland, Ohio. At just ten years old Wolvin became a cabin boy on the Great Lakes steamers, attending limited school in the winter when lake navigation was suspended. By 1878, the 21-year-old Wolvin was master of a vessel owned by the Winslow…

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October 14, 1922: Miller Trunk Highway Opens

On this day in Duluth in 1922, the Miller Trunk Highway—aka State Highway No. 11—opened to traffic, allowing for safer and faster automobile travel between Duluth and the Iron Range. The road was named in honor of Charles G. Miller who as county commissioner worked tirelessly to build a road that would link range cities…

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October 13, 1899: President McKinley Visits the Zenith City

On this day in Duluth in 1899, President William McKinley became the first sitting president to visit the Zenith City—but it wasn’t his first time in town. He had visited Duluth twice before he was president, but while he was still considered “one of the most notable men in public life,” as described by the…

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