Duluth An Urban Biography
Cities, like people, are always changing, and the history of that change is the city’s biography. This new series illuminates the unique character of each city, weaving in the hidden stories of place, politics, and identity that continue to shape its residents’ lives.
Tony Dierckins is the publisher of Zenith City Press (zenithcity.com) and the author of a dozen books about Duluth and western Lake Superior, including Lost Duluth and Duluth’s Historic Parks.
Duluth, the beautiful city at the head of the world’s largest freshwater lake, has gone from boom to bust to boom and back again. In this richly textured urban biography, author Tony Dierckins highlights fascinating stories of the city: Its significance as the Ojibwe’s sixth stopping place. The failed copper rush along Lake Superior’s North Shore that started the city’s growth. The natural port on the St. Louis River that made shipping its first and most important business. The legend of the digging of the ship canal. The unique aerial transfer bridge and its successor, the lift bridge. The city’s remarkable park system. The 1920 lynching of three African American circus workers. The Glensheen murders. How Duluth has been dissed in popular culture. The evolution of the city’s east-west divide. And throughout the years, the big lake and river have sustained Duluth’s economy, shaped its residents’ recreation, and attracted the tourists who marvel at the city’s beauty and cultural life.
- Paperback, 192 pages, 45 b&w photos, 6x9 inches
- Category: Minnesota/Regional
- Minnesota Historical Society Press: April 15, 2020
- ISBN: 9781681341590