Sheldon Aubut's Duluth History

This is a postcard sent from Duluth in 1910. It shows the Aerial Lift Bridge before the lift was installed. At this time the bridge consisted of a frame with a suspended car which moved from one side to the other.


The text says:

"May 11, 1910... Hello Gena, We got here O.K. but I don't think this is a very pretty town. We are going out to North Branch to work only 5 stations from St. Paul. Not far from you after all. Will write again. Nola"

It maybe wasn't "a pretty town" in 1910 because it was very much a working seaport but it is a pretty town in 1997!  

Domains $7.49 - Why Pay More?Dredging Machine Rhyme


A wonderful tale but they say it is true,
Water will run uphill, a fact rather new.
But proven beyond contradictions and.
Superior City is full of conviction.

That the canal at Duluth though six miles away,
Is taking the water all out of their Bay,
and the St. Louis River turns back and runs through it.
Nobody believed it ever would do it.

And strangest of all is, through that narrow canal,
The current runs in, so engineers tell,
Full as much as it runs out, which is wonderful strange
Considering what a wonderful change
It has wrought on the harbor of noted Superior
Converting it into a port much inferior
Where three years ago their town was alive,
And each day saw vessels and steamers arrive,
For the season just past they had none at all
Their commerce confined to two ferry boats small
Which ply between there and their rival Duluth.

What has caused such a change? A palpable truth,
They claim the canal stole all their water,
And with it the trade the Lake ever brought her.

No wonder they sent such an immense delegation,
To their capitol city, and announced to the nation,
They were all there this matter to fix
(But pray keep it mum, the committee was six!)

Duluth Minnesotian, 28/2/74

From the files of Ray Marshall  -- 


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