View of Rice’s Point, 1962


bridgesThe above shot of Rice’s Point is from the Cliff’s Barber Shop Collection. It is from early 1962, as near as I can figure, making it 50 years old. The new Blatnik Bridge (at left) appears to be not quite completed in the photo, and the old swing-span Interstate Bridge seems to still be in use.


This modern-day shot is from April of 2011. I didn’t shoot it intending to get a comparable shot to the one above. It’s an interesting coincidence. A few hours after I acquired Cliff Johnson’s slides, but before I looked at any of them, I went for a hike on Goat Hill and shot this photo. Later in the day I borrowed my parent’s slide projector and saw Cliff took a very similar shot back in the day. Weird.

Related links on PDD:
Proctor’s Yellowstone #225 circa 1963
Fishing on the Knife River, Spring 1962
Blatnik Bridge Under Construction



about 10 years ago

The Blatnik Bridge is so massive compared to the old bridge. It makes me wonder how long we will be able to afford its maintenance.

The Big E

about 10 years ago

What the heck is this?  Half-finished nuclear plant cooling tower?



about 10 years ago

Sweet, 50 years and what should be a beautiful area where a river meets the largest fresh body of water in the world still looks like a disgusting industrial wasteland. Good job Duluth!

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

I don't know what that is, Big E. I thought this 1970 shot from the News Tribune Attic might help, but it seems to be zeroed in a bit southwest of the point of interest.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago


According to Zenith City Online (The Saga of the Garfield Avenue Neighborhood, aka "Swede Town") it's the Duluth Water and Light "Gasometer" tank, a 3-million-cubic-foot holding tank for coal gas. (Image: Jeff Lemke, Twin Ports Time Machine.)

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