Zenith City Press

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About Zenith City Press

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Founded and operated by Duluth author and book designer TONY DIERCKINS, Zenith City Press is a Duluth, Minnesota, publishing house dedicated to celebrating historic Duluth and the Western Lake Superior region. We offer fine books on the region’s history as well as history-related services including historic research and interpretation, history talks and presentations, historic image acquisition, and self-publishing services through our publishing partner, X-Presso Books.

The ZCO Archive & “This Day in Duluth”

From 2012 to 2024 Zenith City Press operated the Zenith City Online Archive, a free online resource featuring stories pulled from our books and articles written for Zenith City Press by Duluth researchers and public historians. During that time we also published daily “This Day in Duluth” stories, which has evolved into “This Week in Duluth”  (SUBSCRIBE HERE!). If you are looking for a story from the Zenith City Online Archive, please contact us. If the article does not also appear in one of our books, we can provide you with a PDF copy for research purposes.

The “Zenith City” Name & Logo

In a July 1868 speech about the town’s future, newspaper editor Dr. Thomas Foster first called Duluth the “Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas.” The phrase became Duluth’s unofficial nickname and has since been adopted by many businesses, including the Marshall-Wells Company, which used the “Zenith” name to identify its line of tools and other products. Our “star-and-moon” logo is inspired by M-W’s Zenith Tools logo.

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This Week in Duluth

Every Wednesday Zenith City Press publishes a “This Week in Duluth” history story written by ZCP publisher Tony Dierckins. The stories come from books we are preparing to publish, books we have already published, stories from the Zenith City Online Archive, and selections from the 1,098 “This Day in Duluth” stories we published between 2012 and 2024.

Updates from Zenith City Press

We also randomly post and email updates about what we are up to, including author events, news about forthcoming books from Zenith City Press and X-Presso Books, free public-speaking appearances by ZCP publisher Tony Dierckins, and more.

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