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Duluth Mystery Photo #14: Ice Monument

The caption on this postcard reads: “Ice Formation on Fountain at Lakewood, Duluth, Minn.” There was a big fountain in Lakewood Township?

Another version of the postcard, postmarked Sept. 9, 1907, refers to it as an “Ice Monument.”

What’s the deal with this formation/monument?

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8 Comment(s)

  1. The Lakewood Pumping Station was built sometime in the 1890′s (?) to get cleaner water from the Lake for city residents (because people were dying of typhoid after drinking sewage-contaminated water from closer to town). Maybe they had an ornate fountain there just for the heck of it as well?

    GTR | Apr 20, 2014 | New Comment
  2. GTR is on track. That was taken at the pump house around the turn of the century. There was a practical fountain where citizens could draw their own water. I believe what we have here is perhaps that simple fountain leaked enough to build up this formation, and then someone put a flag on it. That’s just a guess. I have never encountered any other information on a fountain at Lakewood. If I find anything on genbank I will let you know.

    Tony D. | Apr 20, 2014 | New Comment
  3. There’s a story in a 1903 edition of the DNT about George Gould of Lakewood having a fountain made for $50,000 by the same guy who did the fountain at the statehouse in Hartford, Conn. I can’t believe they would let it ice over like that. The pumping station fountain, according to a 1914 DNT, came that year, much later. Who is George Gould?

    spy1 | Apr 21, 2014 | New Comment
  4. I retract the Gould portion of that post. Wrong Lakewood.

    spy1 | Apr 21, 2014 | New Comment
  5. The postmark on the car reads 1901, so it predates the articles Spy refers to.

    So, I’m a little confused, Spy--was there a $50K fountain, and if so what year was it built? And what the heck happened to the $50K fountain?

    Tony D. | Apr 21, 2014 | New Comment
  6. I think we can say the pumping station theory is confirmed. The version above refers to it specifically as “Fountain at Lakewood Pumping Station in Winter.”

    How many versions of this damn postcard are out there? It looks like each of these three are different photos, although the first two appear to either have been shot at the same moment or the two people are drawn in with different poses.

    Paul Lundgren | Apr 22, 2014 | New Comment
  7. It should be noted that this post follows by a few days the Lake Voice News story on Duluth’s Orange Street Ice Volcano.

    More spring mess to come, thaw may fracture Duluth water pipes

    Paul Lundgren | Apr 22, 2014 | New Comment

    Remembered an old Alaskan Alpine Club page…

    Ian Koivisto | Apr 24, 2014 | New Comment

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