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May 20, 1940: Work Begins on Wade Stadium

On this day in Duluth in 1940, dignitaries broke ground for the Duluth Municipal All-Sports Stadium, south of 2nd Street at 35th Avenue West, nearby the dilapidated 1903 Athletic Park on a site called the “old circus grounds.” The project was overseen by the Work Projects Administration. Officials included advisory committee member Rueben Johnson, committee…

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May 20, 1910: Halley’s Comet disappoints Duluthians

On this day in 1910, Halley’s Comet passed over Duluth—but no one saw it. The headlines for the next day read “Aged Wanderer is Fickle Thing” and “Halley’s Comet Again Disappoints Duluth people—Was Invisible Here Last Night.” The report went on to say that Duluthians “restless” due to the comet’s approach would gather along Boulevard…

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May 20, 1907: Park commission proposes $50,000 bond for playgrounds

On this day in Duluth in 1907, Duluth’s park commissioners announced plans to issue $50,000 in bonds—about $1.5 million today—to “acquire more ground for park purposes and play grounds, and to beautify the city’s present holdings.” According to the Duluth News Tribune, “Considerable stress was laid upon the necessity of having play grounds for the…

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