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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Duluth Cont'd: 1905

Duluth Cont'd: 1905

Circa 1905. Our second installment of the Duluth, Minnesota, panoramic series. Collect all six! Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Thanks Shorpy

The building on the far left is The Depot -- now a museum, art center and railroad museum.

My grandpa used to ride the incline railway to church when he was a kid. He'd walk a few miles to get to the top, ride it down to church and then ride back up to buy a pound of Fig Newtons to eat on the way home.

Mt. Eerie

Hardly a soul on the streets. Almost deserted.

Zenith City

Thanks for another great shot of "The Zenith City on the unsalted sea"!

Conveyor Belt? Aqueduct?

Does anyone know the function of the long elevated structure running diagonally down the hill from the top left of the photo? I'm speculating that it is a conveyor belt used to carry ore to waiting RR cars, but I can't see where it begins or ends. (Maybe it will be shown in another frame of this photo series?)

[It's the Duluth Incline Railway. - Dave]

Transportation

Is the trestle structure in the upper right related to the short-lived tram or funicular that operated in Duluth?

The Union Railroad Depot in the far left middle of the photo near the Selz sign exists now as a museum and arts center. The railroad museum has a nice collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Everything else at that corner is gone.

So inclined

What looks from this angle like a long toboggan chute is actually Duluth's Incline Railway. The author of a photo book on Duluth's history claims that it, too, was dismantled in the thirties and sold to the Japanese as scrap. http://www.cityhistory.us/duluth/photos/photos03.htm
e.e. cummings could not be reached for comment.

 
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