By Paul Lundgren on Dec 22, 2011 in History
Here’s an interesting read from the Sept. 25, 1921 Duluth News Tribune.
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Thankfully the author of the article doesn’t appear to regard this to be an improvement.
I think what was done to the harbor area, and it’s current state, is truly vile. It should be one of the most beautiful areas in the country… instead, it’s a polluted industrial wasteland which is rather unpleasant to behold.
Right On, Jerome -- You can bet that every damn aborigine since the last ice age ~14,000 years back saw this entire area as a special place. The end of waters. I would think the voyageurs did also.
But the earlierst surveyors (i.e. George Stuntz), mining merchants, lumber barons, railroad entrepreneurs, shipping merchants and the like all saw this as a place to make money, in the end. The historical record be damned.
This is a really cool article, and it is sad and it is a loss -- but I can’t hate the way things are now. This is the only way I’ve ever known Duluth, and I’ve always loved it. Train yards and gravel pits were just as magical in my childhood as Park Point or Lester River. I guess I still feel that way. It’s just a different kind of magic.
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