Where in Duluth?

I will admit, this one is tricky.

24 Comments

Bret

about 11 years ago

On or near the old lighthouse on the end of Minnesota Point.

Lithis

about 11 years ago

I thought it was closer to the old cabin than to the lighthouse. It's near the harbor side of the point.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Here is your first hint: It is on a point, but not Minnesota Point.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Nope, not Enger Park. Another clue: It's not anything obvious. It's pretty obscure. I needed several maps in order to find out this spot actually has a name.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

As far as I can tell, the area in question is not referenced on Baci's links.

Here's a photo that might make this just a little easier.

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

Holy crap is this one driving me crazy!

I know it's a US Army Corps of Engineers benchmark, however, benchmark databases aren't always complete or accessible online. The the location information should be here, but if course the file is MIA. It might be located in here, but "150" isn't the standard naming convention. The "Duluth Minn" designation doesn't appear to be limited to use in Duluth, but if Paul selected a location in Michigan for the "Where in Duluth" contest, that'd just be mean.

Can someone please post the answer to this so I can move on with my life?

In other news, finding benchmarks is a co-hobby of geocaching.

Funkenschutz

about 11 years ago

Indian Point Campground

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Indian Point Campground is a good guess, but incorrect. I'm not kidding when I say this one is difficult.

BadCat, I guarantee my "Where in Duluth?" is within the city limits of Duluth, Minnesota.

dbrewing

about 11 years ago

Wisconsin Point, by the Superior Entry.

dbrewing

about 11 years ago

Oh, nevermind.

Gary

about 11 years ago

That looks like it's by a rest stop/pullover between Gary New Duluth and Fond du Lac.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

It is not by a rest stop/pullover, and it is not in Fond du Lac. But it is in Gary-New Duluth.

So, that narrows it down to this area:

Rae

about 11 years ago

Boyscout Landing/Birchwood Park?

andy

about 11 years ago

The site of the old US Steel plant in between Morgan Park and Gary New Duluth.  On the point that separates Spirit and Mud 'Lakes'.

andy

about 11 years ago

Odd ... Your last post was not there when I wrote my guess!!!

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Andy has correctly identified the spot, which is an achievement all by itself. 

However, he has not successfully named this point.



It's not named on most maps, but it does have a name.

andy

about 11 years ago

Wire Mill Wetland Park & Outlook.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

That's not what I was looking for, but you might be right. Where did you find that name?

andy

about 11 years ago

As fun as this sounds, I went through several of the reports from the cleanup and found one of their maps.  This "Park & Outlook" looks like it runs the northwest edge of the point yet was as close as I could come. What do you have?  And by the way, thanks for sucking up an hour of my day. I was happy with the first find so had to keep going.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

It's called Spirit Lake Point.

The only map I have seen that names Spirit Lake Point is in a 1978 study called Flora and Fauna of the Western Waterfront Trail. It notes Spirit Lake Point as home to a Yellow-headed Blackbird colony.



Also, at some point someone in the GIS lab at the Natural Resources Research Institute mapped it on Google. It looks like it's a spot in the middle of Spirit Lake on this map, but we are dealing with a marshy area, so I guess parts of the point are underwater.



Here is the only other useful reference I can find pertaining to Spirit Lake Point on the Internet:

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

By the way, if you like goslings, which you do because they are adorable little furry yellow things, now is a good time to visit Spirit Lake Point. Not only did I find this family yesterday ...



... but there were several pairs of geese without goslings that were annoyed by me being around, so I assume those couples are all on the verge of a hatch.

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