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Summer of ’65: I-35 Route Proposed on DM&IR Railway

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Fifty years ago — Aug. 12, 1965 — the DNT reports the St. Louis County Legislative delegation will explore a proposal to route Interstate Highway 35 over Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway right-of-way. The great I-35 debate, of course, wouldn’t ultimately be settled for another two decades.

The decision came after Rep. William H. House, Two Harbors, and a Railroad Brotherhood spokesman voiced objections to the plan.

The proposal has been suggested as a means of solving the problem of where to run the new highway without disrupting too many residences or using too much of Leif Erikson Park property.

House said the proposed route will eliminate the DM&IR Endion station and that 50 railroad men would lose their jobs.

He charged that the interstate highway was routed through downtown Duluth only at the insistence of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce. He said the highway should go around Duluth.

House said he doesn’t understand why the State Highway Department listened to the Chamber of Commerce. He said Duluth people wanted the highway to go downtown. Now, he said, “It’s their problem how to get it out of town.”

Twin Ponds

What are little girls made of? Brains. They flocked into the water at Twin Ponds Wednesday to escape the 85 to 90 degree heat and appeared to be running a multiple birling contest with no winners. But that made sense, when losing meant a refreshing drink.–(Staff photo by Charles Curtis.)

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