Archive Dive: Bear & Drunk Square Off at Hotel Duluth

This week’s dive into the archive pulled out a notorious tale of an event that took place within Duluth’s landmark Hotel Duluth. It was August 1929 when a hungry black bear entered the hotel to enjoy a quick snack, but was interrupted by a heroic but inebriated Duluthian who was determined to keep the bruin from enjoying breakfast. Read the tale here, and a history of the Hotel Duluth here.

The stuffed carcass of the black bear that broke into the Hotel Duluth August 18, 1929. (Image: Zenith City Press)


  1. Fred Davis on August 2, 2021 at 9:49 am

    You might want to recheck this story. Been told through the family. That a Captain. JL Goldish fish truck is what made the bear follow the truck.

    • Tony Dierckins on August 2, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      Accounts of the event from the next day’s newspapers state that Arvid Peterson worked for Gopher Truck Lines. Goldish Fisheries are not mentioned.

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