Summer of ’65: Council considers pay rides on Aerial Lift Bridge


Fifty years ago — Aug. 20, 1965 — the DNT reports the Duluth City Council will consider a proposal to permit “scenic rides on the Aerial Lift Bridge at a fee of 25 cents.”

Clarence E. Maddy, the mayor’s administrative assistant, said in an agenda meeting Thursday that the rides will begin Thursday if the council approves the proposal.

Fencing is being built on the lake side of the bridge on the sidewalk to hold passengers. Personnel will be employed to collect fees and supervise passengers. Rides will be available whenever the bridge is raised or lowered for a vessel.

Maddy said that insurance for the riding program will cost the city $400 a year. The rides will be limited to persons over five years of age.

The plan long has been endorsed by Councilman Donn Larson. He said it will be a tourist attraction for the city and also permit Duluthians to have a beautiful view of their city. He also believes it will raise enough money to enable the city to pay bridge maintenance costs, such as painting and purchase of cables.

NEMDA Officials

Eveleth Taconite Co. buildings loom large in the background as Northeastern Minnesota Development Association directors and company officials look around the Fairlane plant. From left, are D. Kelly Campbell, Eveleth Taconite general manager; Earl Bester, Duluth, NEMDA director; Eugene McGuckin Jr., Duluth president of NEMDA, and Mace Harris, Cloquet, NEMDA director.

Eveleth Taconite Loading Facilities

Loading facilities of Eveleth Taconite Co. are seen in the background as the Thunderbird Mine area is inspected. From left are George Rossman, Grand Rapids, NEMDA director; Douglas Wilson, assistant superintendent of maintenance for the taconite company; J. Eric Jones, Duluth, executive vice president of NEMDA, and David Walborn, Duluth, NEMDA director of research.

Thunderbird Mine Facilities

Thunderbird Mine facilities of Eveleth Taconite Co. are viewed by, from left, directors of Northeastern Minnesota Development Association, Abe W. Mathews, Hibbing; Charles E. Taylor, Hibbing; Ken Naulte, superintendent of maintenance for the taconite company; Lee Vann, Duluth, and Arthur C. Barschdorf, Duluth.

US Steel Officials

Preparing for a tour of U.S. Steel Corp.’s taconite plant construction site at Mountain Iron are, from left, S. H. Cohlmeyer, general superintendent of Minnesota operations for U.S. Steel; J. Eric Jones and C. F. Beukema, vice president for ore and limestone operations of U.S. Steel.

Jeno and the Boys

Northeastern Minnesota’s economic future was discussed at a NEMDA meeting in Virginia Thursday which was in conjunction with taconite plant construction tours. From left are Harry Kullberg, Virginia; C. Glenn Rye, Duluth; Randall Klemme, Omaha, and Jeno F. Paulucci, Duluth.

Taconite Inspection

Taconite will be extracted from these big rocks, which are being inspected by Odin Ramsland, Duluth, NEMDA director; Dan Urich, assistant superintendent of the Eveleth Taconite plant, and Emmons W. Collins, Duluth.

NEMDA Directors Tour Plant

A look around Eveleth taconite facilities is taken by, from left, Robert Downing, St. Paul; R. H. Erickson, International Falls; T. O. Kirkvold, Duluth, and H. W. Griffin, Ely. All are NEMDA directors who toured the plant Thursday.

Chamber of Commerce Officials

“Throw away the hammer and get out the horn” was the message of two Chamber of Commerce officials as they addressed the Rotary Club in Hotel Duluth Thursday. Conferring before the luncheon meeting are, from left, speakers Marshall Reinig, Chamber president, and O. A. Burghdorf, a vice president, both Rotarians; D. T. Grussendorf, Rotary president, and Mayor George D. Johnson.

Prediction Race Slated

Prediction Race Slated
Arthur Bero, left, and Manley Goldfine check chartered courses for the Duluth Power Squadron’s annual predicted log race scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the “potato salad dock” near the south end of Park Point. In a predicted log race, each boat skipper is given a course, and he must predict in advance at what time he will complete the course, using only his compass and engine tachometers, the latter to determine the speed of the boat. No timepieces are permitted aboard boats during the race. In past years, winners have predicted the elapsed time of traveling the course within one minute on a cruise lasting several hours. Bero and Goldfine are co-chairmen of the event.

1 Comment


about 9 years ago

I remember riding the lift bridge in '70-'71 (I was 10 or 11). I also remember that it was 25 cents, because that was a week's allowance for me. Mowing the neighbor's lawn also earned me 25 cents. I think a gallon of gas was @ 21 cents because I could get a gallon for the mower and have change left from a quarter for a box of licorice Nibs. Crap I'm old.....

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