PDD Quiz: Snow Foolin’

Step up to this week’s quiz and test your knowledge of snow-related events, celebrations and disasters.

As with all history-related quizzes, the Minnesota Reflections and the Zenith City websites were indespensible resources.

The next PDD quiz, reviewing headlines from January 2021, will be coming your way on Jan. 31. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Jan. 26.

#1 The White Hurricane — also known as the Big Blow and Freshwater Fury — hit the Great Lakes in which year?

The extratropical cyclone destroyed 19 ships between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10. Read more about the storm on the Zenith City website.

#2 The roof of this business at 302 E. First St. collapsed under the weight of snow on March 6, 1979.

PDD has a WDIO report on the collapse here.

#3 An article in this national magazine published on March 15, 1900 claims that Duluth’s weather makes it “the meanest city in the United States.”

Read the article (and the Duluth Herald‘s response) on the Zenith City website. The photograph above, from the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, shows streetcar workers at the Seventh Avenue West incline circa 1900.

#4 The Winter Sports Center at this park opened with a ski jumping tournament in 1941.

Read more about Fond du Lac’s Winter Sports Center on the Zenith City website. The image above shows three people on a toboggan in Fond du Lac Park in 1933; it is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections.

#5 According to the National Weather Service, how many inches of snow fell in Superior during the Halloween Blizzard of 1991?

Read more about the storm on the National Weather Service website.

#6 Ice Castles were built as part of this winter event, which began in 1926.

Read more about the Winter Frolic on the Duluth Public Library’s Vintage Duluth blog. The photo above was taken by Hugh McKenzie at the inaugural Winter Frolic and is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections.

#7 In what year did the awning at Greysolon Plaza collapse due to snow?

Read more about the incident on PDD.

#8 Which Duluth street is shown here following a blizzard on March 9, 1892?

Snow drifted as high as 16 feet in some places. Read more about the storm on the Zenith City website.

#9 Blizzard conditions over Thanksgiving weekend led to the cancellation of this Spirit Mountain event in 2019.

The Duluth News Tribune has more on the story here.

#10 The roof of the Duluth Amphitheater collapsed due to snow and weak trusses during a hockey game on Feb. 12, 1939. What now occupies the space?

Read more about the collapse on the Zenith City website.


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