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The Spalding: 1908

The Spalding: 1908

1908. "Spalding Hotel, Duluth Minnesota." Next door to the more intimate Hotel Windsor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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A nice history here.

Urban Renewal

The Spalding was a very fancy hotel, possibly the finest in Duluth. Its only real rival was about 6 blocks east, the Hotel Duluth.

As time went on it was enveloped by an area Duluth called the Bowery. This brought down the general appeal of the area and the Spalding fell on hard times. They kicked the less fortunate residents up to First Avenue in the early 1960's and tore down about a 3 block area along Superior Street in the name of Urban Renewal. None of the buildings in this area are there any more.

The building across Superior street, the KDAL building built after the renewal project has now been torn down to make way for a new corporate headquarters for Maurices, the clothing chain.

Interesting that there's a Great Northern Railway passenger office on the corner when the depot where their trains tied up was about a block away down the hill.

Book Me At the Windsor, Please

I like boutique hostelries, and it's significantly closer to a nice cold Blatz or ten.

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