What the heck is that thing?

Here’s something I always wonder about when I see it, but then immediately forget: Across from the cemetery on Highland Street there is a series of roofs built on the ground in a field, enclosed by a fence.

A cursory search on PDD and Google revealed no answers about its purpose. It’s probably capping something boring like an old dump or the sewer, but I remain curious.

So, does anyone know what it is?


Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

Underground water reservoir.


about 6 years ago

I've always been too scared to ask. I just ran with the "secret underground government doomsday bunker" theory.


about 6 years ago

Here is an article about it being a new and exciting component of Duluth's expanding infrastructure:

Nov. 10, 1906: "The new reservoir at Duluth"

And here's an article about it being an old and troubling component of Duluth's aging infrastructure:

Nov. 13, 2011: "Duluth's plumbing needs big fix"


about 6 years ago

In 2012, the first of many water rate increases went into effect to fix the roof on that reservoir.


about 6 years ago

In the 1990s, I grew up on Cody Street. I would take the dogs for walks up there. That was before the fence was in place around it. I did not know what it was until I asked one day and found out it was a reservoir. Needless to say, as a rebellious teen, I thought I was cool when I was walking on it.

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