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New sign celebrates Snively Monument

A new informational sign will be installed at the recently refurbished Snively Monument on West Skyline Parkway. The Duluth Preservation Alliance will hold a sign dedication ceremony on Monday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m., at the Snively Monument, located just east of the Stewart Creek Bridge on the scenic roadway.

The Snively Monument was constructed in 1927 to honor Samuel F. Snively, who started working to establish Seven Bridges Road and Skyline Parkway in 1899. According to ZenithCity.com, Snively spent his own money for road construction along Amity Creek, worked with prominent residents, land owners and the city park board to continue the project and later pushed the road west toward Jay Cooke State Park. Snively continued to manage the road while serving as Duluth mayor from 1921 to 1937.

The Snively Monument and reflecting pool, located on the east side of the Stewart Creek Bridge on Skyline Parkway, was built in 1927 to honor Duluth Mayor Samuel F. Snively and his work establishing the scenic roadway. Above, George Martin surveys the scene in a photo from shortly after monument construction.

By the 21st Century, the monument had fallen into disrepair and become overgrown with brush and sediment. The flood of 2012 heavily damaged the western portion of Skyline Parkway including the Stewart Creek Bridge. The Snively Monument, with its waterfall and reflecting pool, was restored as part of the Skyline Parkway repair project the following year.

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