Archive Dive: Meet George Stuntz

Some called George Stuntz “Duluth’s first permanent settler.” Other called him the first resident of both Duluth and Superior. Of course, the Ojibwe were here long before Stuntz, and he came to the Head of the Lakes to both survey the region and trade with the Ojibwe—but he was the first Euro-American to make a permanent home—initially at the southern end of Minnesota Point near the 1858 Light house. He worked as a surveyor and road builder and played a key role finding iron ore on the Vermilion range and convincing Jay Cooke to terminate his railroads in Duluth, securing the city’s future. Get to know Mr. Stuntz better by reading a brief biography of his life here.

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George Stuntz. (Duluth Public Library)