February 28: “The Industries that Shaped the Twin Ports

Thanks to everyone who made it to Glensheen last night to find out how Chester Congdon made the money that financed his remarkable Duluth estate. Next week we’re going to explain how pioneer industries shaped Duluth and Superior.

Both sides of the St. Louis River between Duluth and Superior were once lined with ore docks, coal docks, lumber mills, flour mills, grain terminals, ship-building centers and metal manufacturing plants. From Fond du Lac’s early brownstone quarries to Morgan Park’s giant Minnesota Steel Plant, this presentation explains the rise and demise of the industries that built the Twin Ports and created Duluth’s East-West divide.

Details here:

Glensheen’s Zenith City On Tap series offers free hour-long presentations and Q&A sessions on Duluth’s history in the mansion’s lower recreation room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Local beer and wine available.


  1. Linda L Halvorson on February 22, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Will there be a recording to purchase for those of us out of the area?

    • Tony Dierckins on February 23, 2018 at 6:44 am

      Nope, just a live performance. Sorry!

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