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Zenith City on Tap: Duluth & Superior, 1855–1910
Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City on Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press.
The kick off Zenith City is titled “Becoming the Twin Ports: Duluth & Superior, 1855–1910.”
The region known today as “The Northland” was called the “Head of Lakes” for much of its early history. Superior and Duluth competed to see which community would emerge as the nation’s most important inland port. While Duluth’s railroad and ship canal gave it an early advantage, the cities together weathered cycles of financial booms and busts throughout the second half of the 19th century. By 1910 the federal government considered the dueling duo as one, and in that year, the cities began calling themselves the “Twin Ports.”
The event begins with a gathering in the estate’s recreation room where wine and local craft beer are available. Dierckins spends about 45 minutes taking the audience back in time, punctuating his stories with historic images of the Zenith City and the people who shaped it, and concludes with questions from the audience.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7 p.m. Local beer and wine will be available for purchase.