Lost Duluth

Lost Duluth

Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood
By Tony Dierckins & Maryanne C. Norton

Discover what Duluth has lost. Through over 400 photographs and sketches of vanished homes, buildings, landmarks, industries, and residential neighborhoods, authors Tony Dierckins and Maryanne Norton take readers on a journey through the city’s past, introducing them to the people—from hard-scrabble pioneers to wealthy industrialists to impoverished immigrant laborers—whose ambitions and dreams built the Zenith City on a swamp and a rocky hillside at the head of the Great Lakes.

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Praise for Lost Duluth

“If Lost Twin Cities made you weep, Lost Duluth will make you bawl like a baby.”

— Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Duluth has always been a city like none other in the Midwest, with an architectural history as distinctive as its steep hills, rushing creeks and lakeside vistas. Lost Duluth offers a beautifully illustrated look at some of the city’s most prominent vanished buildings, from grand Victorian mansions and row houses to monumental works of public and commercial architecture. This book will make you pine for the city of old while opening you eyes to unimagined wonders, and even life-long residents will be surprised to find how much has been lost on the destructive road to progress.”
— Larry Millett, author of Lost Twin Cities and Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities

[Lost Duluth] will make you sigh wistfully at all the beauty, all the grandeur, all the flying buttresses and chandeliers and elegance, in the once-gritty little city.”
— Minnesota History Magazine

“A comprehensive and informative chronicle…. The authors go beyond dates and architectural description to tell the life story of each place: its builder and owner or residents or workers; its changing uses and ultimate demise
— The Five Spot, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lost Duluth is a comprehensive and informative chronicler of the vanished buildings and places. The authors go beyond dates and architectural description to tell the life story of each place: its builder and owner or residents or workers; its changing uses and ultimate demise.
Minnesota History Magazine

“Lost Duluth is an historic journey that must be read by every Duluthian who is interested in what this city looked like prior to the wrecking ball.  It brings what this city has lost back to life in such a way that the reader longs for a return to the architectural period that rests in memory.  The book ends all too soon.”
— Denny Anderson, WDIO-TV Eyewitness News Anchor Emeritus

Some of the magnificent structures in Lost Duluth will take your breath away and make you wish they were still around, others will fascinate you with their history. This book is an absolutely mesmerizing look into this city’s past. Don’t miss it.
Duluth-Superior Magazine

“Anyone who has lived in Duluth for decades and those many who have discovered Duluth more recently, and are fascinated by its history, will revere this book. All others will love it, and learn loads about what has gone before in this unique city at the head of Lake Superior. Seeing vintage photographs of and reading about many of the old buildings, homes, industries and neighborhoods enveloped me with waves of nostalgia. With Lost Duluth, authors Tony Dierckins and Maryanne Norton have made an important contribution to Duluth’s history.”
— Jim Heffernan, Cooler By The Lake


Media for Lost Duluth

“The Five Spot” #1 of “Our five faves of the moment.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 19, 2012

“Morning Edition” Minnesota Public Radio, May 17, 2012

“Almanac,” Twin Cities Public Television, May 11, 2012

“Almanac North,” WDSE-TV Duluth, April 27, 2012 (segment appears at 16:07)

“Lost Duluth Book Chronicles Architectural Memories,” KBJR-TV, April 29, 2012

“Lost Duluth Found Again,” FOX-21 News, April 25, 2012

“If ‘Lost Twin Cities’ made you weep, ‘Lost Duluth’ will make you cry like a baby,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 25, 2012


Lost Duluth Documentaries

Duluth’s WDSE-TV has produced two documentaries based on Lost Duluth. The videos are available through WDSE, and their first documentary can be viewed online. Click the links to discover more:

Lost Duluth I (Originally aired March, 2012)  |  Lost Duluth II (Originally aired March, 2013)


Buy the Book

10″ x 8″
224 pages | Over 400 historic photographs and sketches
ISBN: 978-1-887317-38-2

Retail $24 | Online at Zenith City Press: $20you save 20%!