Duluth Mystery Photo #12: Holt Caterpillar

This week’s mystery photo is an illustration, really, but the small print indicates it’s a “drawing from photograph.” The text of this 1922 advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post refers to Duluth, which leads one to assume the illustration is based on a photo shot in Duluth. Is it? Does anyone recognize this location 92 years later?



about 10 years ago

I'm not confident in this one, but it somewhat looks like West Third Street between North Eighth and Seventh avenues west. The hill matches good, and there is a house with a similar barn-like roof on the same side of the street. However, the other houses don't match well, but that could be due to the age of the photo, and also the drawn over nature of it, which makes things hard to identify. Is that the lake in the background or just part of the city painted/drawn over, is that a slightly out of place Central Clock tower, or a church steeple? Hard to say.

Jeff Borling

about 10 years ago

I don't know about the location of the photo/drawing, but I think Duluthians can still see one of these vintage Caterpillar machines (or one very similar) parked along Railroad Street, outside of Ziegler Cat.

The Holt Manufacturing Company eventually became the Caterpillar we know today - the same company that just invested in the Twin Ports.

Thanks for the post - and hooray for Duluth's industrial past, present and future!

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

Perhaps these old Duluth News Tribune stories will help narrow down the potential location:

Oct. 6, 1921:

Oct. 23, 1921:

Jan. 8, 1922:

March 7, 1922:

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