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Duluth Again: 1905

Duluth Again: 1905

Duluth circa 1905. "Minnesota Point from incline railway." Another piece of the Zenith City panorama. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.


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Incline Railroad

My mother's Uncle Nick, who worked many years as a city bus driver in Duluth, started his career as an operator for the incline railroad. As a kid, I didn't have the faintest idea what the "incline railroad" was or whatever happened to it.

Thanks again!

Amazing shot - No light tower at the end of the pier yet and the lift bridge is not completed in its first form. I'm amazed how many of these buildings are still standing. Thank you for the great shots of the city less than 10 miles from my home.

World in a frame

Each one of these Duluth photos contains an incredible variety of human endeavors, from railroads to ferries to lighthouses to flophouses to cigar factories to Mysterious Ladies In White. Purely wonderful.

Under construction: Duluth's trademark

How wonderful to see a photo that captures the construction of the first iteration of the bridge linking the City with Minnesota Point, across the ship canal (upper center). The initial version was not the lift span that exists today but rather a rare transporter bridge, with a street-level gondola that moved side-to-side rather than up.

Written in stone

Note the advertising painted on the rock in the foreground, presumably for the benefit of incline railway riders.

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