Sunshine Rock


One of the more recognizable hunks of mineral matter in the Duluth area is Sunshine Rock. It’s located in Hermantown on Stebner Road between Morris Thomas and Hermantown roads.

There are two things about this rock I’m curious to know:

1) How long has “Sunshine 1ML” been painted on it? I’m certain that particular graffiti goes back at least 25 years.

2) What does “Sunshine 1ML” refer to? The rock happens to be sitting one mile outside of Duluth city limits, so maybe that has something to do with it, but it sits on the south side of Stebner facing northbound traffic, so it’s only noticed by cars heading out of Duluth. Is the insinuation that the sun only shines one mile outside Duluth?


Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

Oh boy. If that's what it means I've only read it wrong 1,000 times. But I guess it would make me even gladder I asked.


about 8 years ago

The more I think about this, the more I think "In My Life" is not the answer, since that kind of text-inspired abbreviation wasn't around 25 years ago. Now I'm leaning more toward someone's initials.

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