This Day in Duluth Archive

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September 24, 1971: Duluth-Superior “High Bridge” renamed after John A. Blatnik

On this day in Duluth in 1971, the Duluth-Superior Bridge, aka the “High Bridge,” was renamed in honor of Minnesota’s 8th District congressman, John A. Blatnik. Built to replace the Interstate Bridge, the 7,975-foot Duluth-Superior Bridge, which stretches between Duluth’s Rice’s Point to Superior’s Conner’s Point, first opened in 1961. Its construction resulted in the…

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September 21, 1891: Cornerstone laid for Duluth’s new First Methodist Church

On this day in Duluth in 1891, Methodists gathered to lay the cornerstone of the 1893 First Methodist Church at 215 North Third Avenue West during a ceremony the Duluth News Tribune described as “very solemn and fitting character.”The new building would replace the congregation’s original 1873 wooden church, which stood nearby at the northwest…

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September 18, 1910: Alger-Smith lumber yard destroyed by fire

On this day in Duluth in 1910 the Alger-Smith Lumber Company on Grassy Point was destroyed by fire. A Duluth firefighter on his way to work at Engine House #8 on Grand Avenue in West Duluth first noticed the blaze at 6:30 a.m. By the time firefighters arrived, according to the Duluth News Tribune, “flames…

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