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One of Duluth's first mule-drawn street
cars, early 1890's
Duluth & Superior Bridge; In Length of
Draw; second in the world
V. O. Hammon Co.,
The Population of Duluth
from 1869 to 1895
(From "The City of Duluth and
Gathered from figures published by her
newspapers and from the State and United States census bureaus.
||state census, a
ratio very much greater than that of any other town or city in
Minnesota. This increase is phenomenal, especially when it is
considered that the gain was made during the devastating panic which
commenced in 1893. There is probably no other city in the United
States which has made such a leap in population during the past five
Since the official state census was reported, Messrs. R. L. Polk & Co,
the reliable and well known directory publishers, issued their 14th
edition of the Duluth directory in regard to which their manager makes
the following statement:
1870 U.S. Census 3131
-----The Great Panic------
1880 U.S. Census 5415
1885 State Census 18036
1890 U.S. Census 33115
1895 State Census 59396
|It is seen that
from 1890 to 1895 the population increased 79 per cent and a fraction,
or nearly 80%, according to the official report of the
||"This volume contains
25,680 names, deducting 2,110 names for firms, corporations, removals
and duplicates etc., leaves 23,570 individual names, which, by
applying the multiple 2-7/8, the figure which has hitherto been found
to approximately represent the names of women and children not
included in the directory, indicates, a population of 67,764.
Duluth, Minn., Sept 10th, 1895.
Theo. F. Smith.
For R. L. Polk & Co."
early years there was much wealth in Duluth with the lumber, railroading,
ships, and then the mining industries. In 1869 the gold and silver mines
seemed to be doing well, as a matter of fact, Col. W.H. Nobles had stamped
out about five tons of gold and silver quartz by June. Brownstone became a
staple of the building industry in Duluth and by 1880 the brownstone
mining industry became the second largest employer in the area.
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