This Day in Duluth Archive

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July 27, 1922: Duluth’s Walter Hoover returns a conquering hero

On this day in Duluth in 1922, the Garrick Theatre showed moving pictures of Duluth’s Walter Hoover as he became the world champion rower by taking the Diamond Challenge Sculls at the annual Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames, England. The film was sent via airplane to Chicago and on to Duluth by special…

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July 26, 1920: Lawrence Law, et al, run afoul of the law via alcohol

On this day in Duluth in 1920, nearly seven months after Prohibition became law, the Duluth News Tribune featured three stories about individuals running afoul with the law due to their interactions with alcohol. In Duluth, the ironically named Lawrence Law faced the option of a $100 fine or sixty days in the workhouse for “driving…

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July 23, 1921: Newspaper asks, are there too many cars in Duluth?

On this day in 1921, an article in the Duluth News Tribune posed the question “are there too many autos in Duluth for safety?” The paper published results of a very unscientific study in which reporters counted the number of cars that drove by the intersection of Superior Street and Lake Avenue at noon. In…

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July 22, 1893: First load of ore arrives at Duluth docks

On this day Duluth in 1893, at approximately 5:19 p.m., the first load of iron ore mined along the Mesabi Iron Range arrived in ten cars pulled by a locomotive of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railroad and was loaded on Duluth’s first ore dock, a wooden structure that stretched into the bay at Thirty-Third…

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July 21, 1909: Storm turns Duluth hillside into “Huge Waterfall”

On this day in 1909, a “terrible cloudburst” hit Duluth, causing $50,000 worth of damage and the death of two young children. A recent Italian immigrant named Romano had taken her two- and four-year-old sons from her house, which was filling with water, and sought shelter at St. Luke’s Hospital. On her way she was…

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July 20, 1911: Water carnival delights Duluth

On this day in 1911, the Duluth Boat Club kicked off a three-day water carnival—a traditional that began in 1907—including an evening “Venetian Fete” on the bay that included an “immense illumination system” over the bay that promised to produce lights of 60,000 candle power. Downtown Duluth was decked out in red, white, and blue pennants and…

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July 19, 1881: Fire destroys the City of Winnipeg

On this day in 1881, the propellor ship City of Winnipeg was destroyed by fire in the Duluth harbor. The two-hundred foot wooden vessel had tied up to the Northern Pacific dock at 2 a.m., with most of her passengers fast asleep. Fire broke out in the engine room and was soon out of control.…

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July 18, 1915: Birth of Duluthian Jane Frazee

On this day in 1915, future Duluthian Mary Jane Frehse was born in St. Paul, Minnesota; her family moved to the Zenith City just two years later. Jane and her older sister Ruth took dance classes and in 1922 performed at the Doric Theater as part of a fund raiser. After that, their widowed mother…

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