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Workin’ on the Rail Road…book…

A detail of a photo showing the Northern Pacific Railway’s battery of switching locomotives used in its Rice’s Point Yard taken in 1914. (Image: UMD Archives)

Thanks to everyone who turned out to Glensheen for our annual February of Wednesday night Zenith City on Taps—and of course thanks to Glensheen’s fantastic staff for hosting the event and making it free for anyone who wants to attend, and to Bellesio’s for bringing the beer and wine. Next year’s presentations will include “Prohibition at the Head of the Lakes” and “Duluth’s 1889 City Hall’ (cancelled this year due to snow), and we’ll be working up something special for Duluth’s 150th anniversary of first becoming a city. And we’re open to suggestions, so if you have one please send us an email or post a comment below.

Meanwhile, Twin Ports rail road historian Jeff Lemke and I are busy piecing together Zenith City Press’s next book, a history of the first 100 years (1870–1970) of rail road history in Duluth and Superior. The book will cover everything from how the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad resurrected an all-but-dead Duluth in 1870 through the end of passenger service to the Twin Ports—and if you know Jeff’s work from his own Twin Ports Rail History site, you know it will will be packed with plenty of fantastic photos. We are hoping to release the book in May 2020.

And you can help us put it together: Did you or one of your relatives work on a railroad in Duluth or Superior? Do you have stories to share, or perhaps photos or other images related to local rail history we could include in the project? Or maybe you just have questions you’d like to see answered in the book? Let us know by commenting below or emailing us.

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