Postcard from Downtown Duluth circa 1975

This undated postcard of Downtown Duluth shows off three buildings that were somewhat new at the time of the photo. In the foreground is the Gateway Tower apartment building at 600 W. Superior St., built in 1972. Shown most prominently at left is the Radisson Hotel at 505 W. Superior St., built in 1970. The Ordean Building, at 424 W. Superior St., was built in 1973.

Not yet constructed at the time of this image are the Duluth Public Library, built at 520 W. Superior St. from 1977 to 1980, and the Incline Station Bowling Center, built at 601 W. Superior St. in 1986.

The caption on the back of the postcard reads:

Downtown Duluth, Minnesota
Duluth is the Westerly Terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Duluth Arena Auditorium, located a few blocks from the downtown area, is the Convention Center of the Northwest. The circular building is the new Radisson Hotel.


Gina Temple-Rhodes

about 4 years ago

I would like to figure out what the black banner in the lower front says. It looks like "Duluth..... It" with an image of the lift bridge. An early marketing effort? A way to reassure people that the downtown area would rise again after so many older buildings were torn down?


about 4 years ago

Salute to one of the shorter buildings, Club Saratoga, which is some vector assigned to the chimney that calls attention to the things that make Duluth erect at the port.

Gina Temple-Rhodes

about 4 years ago

This might have a clue. They did a study in 1978 with a title of Duluth: A Place to Visit, a Place to Live. 

Could that have said: A place to visit? Hmmm.

Dave Sorensen

about 4 years ago

It looks like the banner in the first photo refers to something sponsored by East West Realty.

Mark Nicklawske

about 4 years ago

In addition to the lift bridge on the banner, I see Spirit Mountain on the left. Glensheen or the depot in the middle?

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