Postcard from a Scene in Fairmount Park

This postcard depicts a scene in Fairmount Park where Kingsbury Creek flows under the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway bridge in West Duluth. It’s not clear if the postcard predates the 1923 opening of the Duluth Zoo, now the Lake Superior Zoo, just downstream of the location shown. The bridge is still there, now part of the DWP multi-use trail.

Note the postcard has Fairmount rendered as “Fairmont.” Whether referring to the park, the sub-neighborhood in West Duluth or the former elementary school, the proper spelling is “Fairmount,” though it has historically been misspelled about as often as it has been correctly spelled.

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about 2 years ago

At the feet of the photographer there was a rock dam.  The dam made a wonderful swimming hole at that spot in the scene.  Spent many summer hours playing there.  Ultimately, the dam was breached, either by nature or by man, and the swimming hole drained out, to be no more.

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