This Day in Duluth Archive

Use our search function to find “This Day” entries for a specific day of the year. Spell out the month and include a comma after the date numeral, do not include a year, and place it all within quotation marks, like this: “May 1,”.

October 24, 1870: Property for site of Duluth Ship Canal purchased

On this day in Duluth in 1870, the city of Duluth purchased the lots on  Minnesota Point that would be dredged up to become the Duluth Ship Canal. Digging was already underway—it had begun September 5 of that year, when the dredging tug Ishpeming took its first bite of the sandbar. According to historians Dwight Woodward…

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October 21, 1932: Death of Duluth architect Oliver Traphagen

On this day in 1932, former Duluth resident—and arguably its premier architect from 1886 to 1896—Oliver Green Traphagen died in Alameda, California, where he was living in retirement. Traphagen was born in Tarryton, New York, in 1854 and began his career in Minnesota in the 1870s, when he moved to St. Paul and found work…

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October 17, 2011: Norwegian royalty rededicates Duluth’s Enger Tower

On this day in Duluth in 2011, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway rededicated Duluth’s Enger Memorial Tower. The tower, built to memorialize West End furniture dealer Bert Enger, who contributed greatly to Duluth’s park system, was first dedicated in 1939 by Harald’s parents, Crown Prince Olav and Princess Martha. In anticipation of…

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