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Where in Duluth?

This one ought to be fairly easy, but we’ll see how it goes.

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  1. Downtown Courthouse!!! YEEEEEESSS, I finally win one of these things!!! (hopefully)

    emmadogs | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Taken from the ‘giant spiral Tiara’. My secret lunchtime chillaxing place.

    -Berv | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Emmadogs, that is indeed the St. Louis County-Duluth Courthouse in the background, but I was looking for the location the picture was shot from.

    Berv has it right, but has failed to give the place’s proper name, so there is still bragging rights up for claim.

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  4. I believe it’s the “Gateway Plaza”?

    Muns | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Nope, not Gateway Plaza.

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  6. Maaaaaan, I just knew there was a catch to this ‘Where in Duluth’. It couldn’t be that easy.

    One of these days, one of these days….I will get one right. And will expect a gigantic money prize when I finally persevere.

    emmadogs | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Aargh!

    It’s on the tip of my tongue. Something like “Full Sail Ahead,” or at least I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be a sail boat …

    Where’s Jon Lee when you need him?!?

    Tomasz | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  8. Tomasz is so close. I never thought I’d get away with this one this long, so I’m just going to keep riding it out.

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  9. I watched Big Lebowski there in the days of yore.

    baci | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  10. Sail -- boat? Park? (Something like that)

    edgeways | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  11. “Sailing Through the Gateway”

    “Sails Billowing in the Wind”

    “Wind Boat Sail Good Duluthiness”

    Tomasz | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  12. Edgeways has it. Or maybe Muns had it before. Or maybe neither are right.

    I’ve been calling this place Sailboat Park since Barrett referred to it as such back in 2004 when PDD screened “The Big Lebowski” inside the “sailboat.” (“Movies in the Park” before the Leif Erikson Park edition existed.)

    But when I search the term “Sailboat Park” the only hits I get are to PDD.

    Google Maps refers to the area as “Gateway Plaza.”

    The Duluth Parks and Recreation Master Plan refers to some vague area around there as “Rail Park.”

    I swear, the more you try to figure out anything in this town the more confusing it gets. Good thing Duluth is going to pick a name for a new park so we can forget the name of that one too.

    I suppose maybe “Sailboat Park” could be a name Barrett made up, Gateway Plaza could be the correct name for the area, and Rail Park might be another area near there.

    So, everybody wins on this one, because we’re all winners when we geek out like losers.

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  13. I’m pretty sure I meant the name as a vague reference and wasn’t taking care to use the official name. Similarly off the top of my head, I would guess that Rail Park is the name of the skateboard park. But that’s just a guess.

    Barrett Chase | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  14. Sailboat?? I always thought it was the tip of an old style pen buried there.

    baci | Oct 26, 2012 | New Comment
  15. That’s a sail boat thing? I thought it was a tear drop. As an aside, this is where I proposed building a bronze statue of Ramos, in another thread.

    emmadogs | Oct 27, 2012 | New Comment
  16. For a long time, I thought the sailboat was a stylized torch. Now I call it the concrete sailboat.

    Gateway Plaza is the city’s name for the park in the 2009 Parks & Green Space list. Its address is given as Mesaba Ave to 7th Ave W. Rail Park is a different park whose address is “by Library.” I suspect it is the skate park, as it is listed as a special use park (e.g. single-use, sports) in Chapter 6 of the Duluth Parks and Recreation Master Plan. (Gateway Plaza is classified as a mini park and plaza in that document. And Cascade Park is “free of major barriers such as … steep topography.”)

    Lithis | Oct 27, 2012 | New Comment
  17. Emmadogs’s idea of that thing being a teardrop would actually work if my statue was the size of the Radisson and I was looking sadly at a copy of the Constitution.

    Ramos | Oct 27, 2012 | New Comment
  18. Newspaper records show that the piece is this: “Untitled — the Gateway Plaza Streetscape,” by Thomas Thorson.

    It was painted this summer, maybe someone from City Hall can tell us what was written on the work order. I hope it wasn’t “repaint the concrete thingee over by the Gateway.”

    spy1 | Oct 27, 2012 | New Comment
  19. I wasn’t able to attend, so I have no memory of this, but there was also a screening of The Omen at Gateway Plaza on 6/6/2006.

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 31, 2012 | New Comment
  20. ….which, by the way, is the scariest evil film of all time other than Rosemary’s Baby.

    I have always wondered what sort of twisted parents would let their child appear as Damien in this film???

    On a related note, names that parents no longer use for their newborns:

    Damien
    Pontius Pilate

    emmadogs | Nov 1, 2012 | New Comment
  21. There is also this image from the screening of The Big Lebowski, historic moment that it was. (Photo by Jadin Hanson)

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 7, 2012 | New Comment

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