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This Day in Duluth Archive

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February 26, 1916 & 1919: Controversial paved bridge over Chester Creek

On this day in both 1916 and 1919, headlines concerned a proposed bridge over Chester Creek. Today in 1916 the Munger Improvement Association announced plans to replace a wooden bridge over the creek to better serve automobiles and and extend the streetcar line. The proposed bridge would be 250 feet long, stretching between Ninth Street…

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February 22, 1888: Four die in dynamite explosion west of Downtown Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1888, four people were killed and 13 others injured in a dynamite explosion on Fourth Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues West. Construction crews were blasting away rock through a hill on Fourth Street to maintain the road’s grade when some dynamite went off prematurely. The blast “hurled rough…

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February 21, 1965: Johnny Mathis plays Denfeld High School Auditorium

On this day in Duluth in 1965, Johnny Mathis and the Young Americans, with a backing orchestra, performed at the Duluth Denfeld High School auditorium. The News Tribune described the event as “an enjoyable evening of toe-tapping, hand-clapping, gently swinging music.” The 1,800-seat auditorium was “packed,” and “there was music to appeal to every taste.”…

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February 17, 1955: Death of Duluth’s A. G. Thomson

On this day in 1955, Adam Gentles Thomson died of a heart attack at his winter home in Miami Beach. Thomson was born in Duluth in 1888 to Helen and Alexander D. Thomson, an important figure in Duluth’s grain trade and wholesale industry. Thomson—known in newspapers as A. G.—attended Duluth public schools before heading east…

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