Summer of ’65: Duluth Moving Toward Fifth Avenue Mall


Fifty years ago — Aug. 6, 1965 — the DNT reports the Duluth City Council is reviewing a proposal for the development of a $1 million mall at Fifth Avenue West in the area where the Radisson Hotel and Duluth Public Library were later built. The context of the story seems to indicate the discussion is not about a shopping mall, but instead something like the decorative median with trees that stands in the middle of the avenue today.

The council will give first reading to a cooperative agreement with the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority for construction of a divided street on Fifth Avenue West from First Street to Michigan Street. The proposed parkway would run between the streets.

Clarence E. Maddy, the mayor’s administrative assistant, said the city would not take part in the beautification program. This is in the hands of the nonprofit Duluth Improvement Co. Cash for the project would come from federal urban renewal funds, if a federal grant is approved. The Holland Hotel, Fifth Avenue Hotel and Lyceum Building would have to be razed for the project.

LaVonne Rae Endlund - Miss Seaway VI

LaVonne Rae Englund, Miss Seaway VI, Port of Duluth, waves from the bow of a cabin cruiser owned by Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Stein as they cruised in the Duluth Harbor basin.–(Staff photo by Charles Curtis.)

Shriners Ready for Portorama Parade

Shriners Ready for Portorama Parade
This snappy North Star Cycle Patrol of Northeastern Minnesota Shriners is among more than 110 units to appear in the Seaway Portorama parade at 7 p.m. today on downtown Superior Street. The patrol is headquartered in Grand Rapids and is a unit of the Duluth Aad Temple. Members from left, on motorcycles are Don Storrs, DeLyle Motchenbacher, George Glorvigen, Douglas Sutherland, Kenneth Ames, Willard Zaiser, Orville Yeschick, Claude Titus, Captain Arthur Jetland, Andrew DeMeyere, Richard Anderson, Hugh Bolton, James Carter, Willard Swanson, Donald Kirkes and James Preece; and standing, from left, Dawayne McNeil, Archie Hall and Daryl Schultz.

Ronald Meysman

Miniature doughnuts sold on the midway at the Tri-State Fair in Superior attracted the attention of Ronald Meysman, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meysman, 5818 Butler Ave. The fair continues through Sunday.

Dave Dinham

Cloquet’s Dave Dinham, who shot a 68 qualifying round, is framed between the legs of another golfer and a putter while putting in Arrowhead tournament Thursday.

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