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Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game Board

From the heyday of Monopoly comes … Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game! It doesn’t appear to be something local marketing geniuses came up with, but rather a product of a company called Citipride of America, which probably made different versions of the game for different cities across the country. Perhaps the local Chamber of Commerce sold sponsorships on the game board to various businesses to raise money to have the game made, and then sales of the game raised money for the chamber … or something. That’s all conjecture; there doesn’t seem to be any info online about the game or the company.

So, does anyone else have this game? Can anyone put a year on it? It’s no older than 1978, because the instructions contain historical info about the sponsoring local businesses and mention that Northwest Office Supply expanded in 1978. It’s no more recent than 1982, because the Normandy Hotel was taken over by Holiday Inn & Suites that year.

That’s about all the background we’ve got on this, so please leave a comment if you have memories of playing the game or anything else about it. Oh, and yes, Perfect Duluth Day will sponsor a tournament if you organize it.

Finally, thanks to Callie Thompson for furnishing PDD with this handsome, coffee-stained collector’s item.

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game 1

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game 2

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game 3

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game 4

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game 5

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game 6

Pride of the Twin Ports Area Game Board and Pieces

9 Comments

spy1

about 5 years ago

I'm enjoying the WDSM artwork made to look like a pack of Reds. Classy.

emmadogs

about 5 years ago

Well, whoever did this was apparently not familiar with our fair cities--the Bayfield Inn and the Bayfield Peninsula and the town of Bayfield are not exactly within the Twin Ports area.

I wonder how many of these businesses are still open?

Anyway, great find!  This is definitely one of the best PDD finds ever.

BadCat!

about 5 years ago

It's probably a transistor radio.

I had a similar game that I found  that was for some city in southern Minnesota (don't remember the name now).

Here's a link and description:

Wheeler-Dealer

Wheeler-Dealer is a monopoly-style game (but not Monopoly) that was marketed in local areas and personalized for that area with the names of local businesses and retailers. The game includes a locally personalized Wheeler-Dealer Game Board, 6 playing tokens, 30 property title cards, 50 wheeler-dealer cards, 1 pair of d6, a set of instructions, a calculator card, and over 2.5 mil in play money. The game does not involve building houses, but investing in a commodity futures exchange. This is the key difference from Monopoly. In the exchange, one invests money for a commodity. Dice is used to determine if profits are made or lost. Other aspects (rent, movement, bonuses for all in a color group) are similar to Monopoly.

jayinduluth

about 5 years ago

I remember having this game as a kid, but I don't recall anything specific about where it came from, etc. It has been a very long time since I've seen it. I'd have asked ma if she remembers where she got it and what happened to it. I remember it came rolled up in a tube. It seems like the kinda thing a person could get at Glass Block.

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Where are they now, part one:

Arco Coffee: Still has a plant in Superior; the company's centennial is coming up in 2016.

Pioneer National Bank: Still going strong after 150 years. A Miller Hill Mall branch was added in 1990 and a Mount Royal branch followed in 1996.

KZIO Radio: In the 1980s and early 1990s KZIO was known as "Hit Radio." The format and call letters changed in 1996, when new owner Shockley Communications rolled out KRBR-FM  "The Bear," and switched to alternative modern rock. Shockley sold its Duluth stations to Midwest Communications in 2001. By 2008 KRBR had become KHQG, a classic rock station. Then it circled back to Top 40 in 2010 and became what it is today, 102.5 FM KDWZ.  That's all not to be confused with 94.1 FM, known as "94X," a station owned by Red Rock Radio that for some reason picked up the KZIO call letters a few years back.

Chris

about 5 years ago

Very cool find! Makes me miss the Pizza Factory.  The release date can be narrowed down further since one of the businesses says it's in the Mariner Mall which was built in 1980.

Beverly

about 5 years ago

It's puzzling why there isn't a picture of the lift bridge in the middle. That's what makes it seem like an out-of-town company made it.

Herzog

about 5 years ago

Did anyone see the antique Fitgers beer case box that was laying on the Blatnik bridge heading south about two weeks ago?  That was weird.

Herzog

about 5 years ago

Or the giant fucking Lakeside Rainbow splitting the hairs on your ass two thursdays ago, anyone?  

I didn't think so...

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