September 15, 1911: Duluth Herald declares Duluth has “greater wealth” than Twin Cities

On this day in Duluth in 1915, the Duluth Herald reported that Duluth has greater wealth per capita than the Twin Cities. It explained that, “[Duluth’s] homes have better furnishings than homes in St. Paul; its citizens own more gold and silver plate per capita than do the citizens of the Capital City and the Mill City. It has a greater per capita wholesale merchandise businesses than either of the other two cities. Its automobiles are a trifle better than those in Minneapolis. Its pianos are a trifle better than those in St. Paul. Its women own more jewelry per capita than do the women of Minneapolis. The money and credits of Duluthians average $26 more per capita than those in the pockets of Minneapolitans, and $3 more than those in the pockets of St. Paulites.” This story may have been the source of the old gem, “Duluth once had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.” The notion of someone being a “millionaire” was rather new, and Duluth was not the only community in the U.S. to make that claim. Buffalo, New York City, and half a dozen other U.S. communities said the same thing about themselves.