More Vintage Photos of Duluth

Duluth Incline Circa 1905

I’m not sure if we’ve ever discussed photos from this site on PDD before, but the vintage photography blog Shorpy just posted some new old shots of Duluth from 1905. There are a few more Duluth photos back in the archives as well, which I dug out for you. Check ’em out:

24 Comments

Barrett Chase

about 10 years ago

I highly recommend clicking on "View Hi-Def Image" for the 1905 photos. Those things are huge, and allow you to see tiny details you wouldn't otherwise notice.

pH

about 10 years ago

Shorpy is on my RSS feed list, saw the 1905's, but I had not looked at them full size.  Heartily second Barrett's suggestion to go large.  Very cool.

the doog

about 10 years ago

The spires on the bridge look like the were designed by Tim Burton . spooky

Tim K

about 10 years ago

Those are lightning arrestors.

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

I like the little dude on top of the train.

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the doog

about 10 years ago

you're a lightning arrestor!  :0

the doog

about 10 years ago

Hes going to get his knickers all covered in filth. Dirty little dude. He'll get the willow switch when his mother sees him.

CL

about 10 years ago

Hes going to get his knickers all covered in filth. Dirty little dude. He'll get the willow switch when his mother sees him.

pH

about 10 years ago

Hard to tell if those train yard kids are working a 12 hour shift, stealing coal, or just playing. Those were the days!

The Big E

about 10 years ago

I like this one and this one from Minnesota Reflections, which apparently include some of the "floating islands" that once dotted the bay.

pH

about 10 years ago

The crude wooden planks of the Erin Go Bragh, on steep tilt from bar stool to bog:  Duluth had few Irish settlers remaining by the 20th century.**





**Not necessarily true or historically accurate.

tony d

about 10 years ago

Small correction:

"Strange Span: 1905 (construction of the Aerial Lift Bridge)"

That would be the aerial trasffer bridge; the lift bridge was converted from this over 1929-1930. That's a shot of the first day the bridge was officially opened.

Thanks for the post!

Jacob

about 10 years ago

Awesome.  I found my house in the second photo (built in 1900).  It's among the row of similar looking houses on the very top left.  What a view we could have had!

Barrett Chase

about 10 years ago

Thanks for the correction, Tony. I guess I theoretically knew about the Aerial Transfer Bridge, but had never seen a photo. I should have taken my own advice, looked at the hi-res version, and noticed the gondola full of people and horses. I've made the correction above.

Tony D.

about 10 years ago

Barrett, I'm hurt! You've never seen a picture of the Transfer Bridge? You obviously haven't seen any X-comm books.... sigh.... sniff....

pH

about 10 years ago

Another 1905 view, just added:  http://www.shorpy.com/node/6941

Bad Cat!

about 10 years ago

Those are so cool! I've seen old images of Duluth before, but never hi-res like that.

Barrett Chase

about 10 years ago

And yet another 1905 view. This one is barely recognizable in comparison to today's Duluth. I sort of recognize the turreted building front and center, and I guess the railyards are in the same place. But there's a lot of strange industry that no longer exists.

The Big E

about 10 years ago

Minnesota Reflections has a lot of high-res stuff, but I find the navigation a little irritating.

Tony D.

about 10 years ago

Barrett:

That may be because you are actually looking at Rice's Point, not MN point. Taken above the intersection of Superior St. and Garfield Ave. That's the railroad roundhouse that once dominated Rice's Point. You can see the old railroad bridges, etc. and the New Clarendon Hotel (turreted bldg)--cool shot. Wish I had a copy of this when I was officing out of the Garfield News Bldg.

Barrett Chase

about 10 years ago

That's what I thought it was, but still, I don't see a lot of stuff that's still in existence, other than a few buildings up front. I guess I'm not familiar enough with the bridges to recognize them. I don't see the view from this angle very often, if ever.

Tim K

about 10 years ago

It looks like a baseball game on the right-hand side.

Trixie

about 10 years ago

Hey I live in the new san marco. Does anyone have any pictures of the old san marco? Its on the corner or 3rd ave west and 3rd st.

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