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 9 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 9 years ago

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



about 9 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 9 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 8 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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