Gogebic Steam Boiler Works

Gogebic Steam. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

The Gogebic Steam Boiler Works, of Duluth, is a prosperous and growing enterprise conducted by J. F. Dacey & Son under the above name. The works were established in 1889, but in a few years the business of the firm had so enlarged that larger and better quarters became imperatively necessary, and the present plant at 409 to 415 Lake avenue south was erected about three years ago. The plant has a frontage of 160 feet on Lake avenue, and is 100 feet in depth, extending to the docks and railroad tracks in the rear, thereby assuring the best shipping advantages. The buildings are of brick and steel upon a concrete foundation, and are of the most substantial and durable nature.

All the machinery in the plant is operated by electrical power, the current being supplied by the Great Northern Power Company.

From fifty to seventy-five men are employed, and the establishment is not only a credit to the city, but is the equal of anything in its line in the Northwest. The specialty of the plant is the manufacture of boilers for steam and hot water heating, as well as for manufacturing purposes. The hot water heating boilers are manufactured under a patent obtained by the senior Dacey, and are far superior to any other designed for this purpose, a fact that has been satisfactorily demonstrated through their installation in many of the best buildings in Duluth.

From 33 to 50 per cent of the fuel used in other boilers is saved by the use of this all-steel invention, which is suited for use in either residences or business blocks. The 900 horse power boiler in the great sawmill of the Virginia Lumber Company at Virginia, Minn., was built and installed by the Gogebic works, and has given the most satisfactory results. Besides boilers, the works also makes tanks, smokestacks, sheet iron work of every description, gray castings, etc. The concern is capitalized at $75,000, and the cost of its plant was $50,000. Industry, skill and integrity have been the causes of the remarkable success of the firm.


  • Woodbridge, Dwight and John Pardee, eds. History of Duluth and St. Louis County Past and Present Vols. 1 – 2. C. F. Cooper & Company, Chicago: 1922.
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