Duluth, Minnesota

Located in the state of Minnesota in USA, the port city of Duluth is the 2nd largest city that is located on Lake Superior. Known for its shipping activity, the city enjoys a very prominent place and combines with Superior, Wisconsin in order to form the largest port in the region. It is no wonder then that Duluth enjoys an extremely well developed infrastructure and the mix of historic buildings and varied ethnicities adds to the charm of the city.

The city has a humid climate with the winters here getting to be terribly cold while the summers staying nice and pleasant. Duluth is also known as the "air conditioned city" due to its cool breezes even in summers because of the presence of Lake Superior. Right from amazing ancient buildings to charming carriage rides, the city offers it all. The bridges, the lights at night and even the magnificent parks and trails of the city, everything combines to make Duluth an extremely attractive city.

Duluth is an attractive city for both local residents as well as tourists. There are intriquing options in entertainment, education, affordable living and many other benefits the city offers its residents. People of any age or any profession will surely find the city exciting and vivacious to their own liking.

Duluth History

Incorporated in 1857, the city of Duluth had been occupied by the Native American tribes thousands of years ago. The wild rice crop that was harvested by the natives at that time continues to grow in the region and is even today traded by the Ojibwa tribes that inhabit the city. It was the Ojibwas who had driven out the Sioux tribe in 1654. Even today the Ojibwas refer to the city as "Onigamiinsing" which translated means ‘at the little portage’. 

It was in 1659 that Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard des Groseilliers arrived in the city. They had come looking for fur and happened to chance upon the settlement here. In 1679 Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut came to the region to settle the fur dispute between the Natives. He managed to settle the issue as well as establish Ojibwas as the middlemen in the fur trade which made the region prosper even more. 

In 1850s a copper mining rumor suddenly draw a lot of interest to this area which was further heightened by the government survey of 1852 that helped secure the land for gold seekers. As the population of the city grew its infrastructure also kept pace. Locks and channels were developed which allowed even the large ships to sail to the city. By 1857, the city shifted focus to timber harvesting industry since the copper resources here had been depleted. 

In 1860s the area had its railroad connection which gave its iron ore mining industry a huge boost. This economic boom is the reason why the areas population went from fourteen families in January of 1869 to 3500 people by the 4rth of July the same year. By the beginning of the 20th century the city had grown into a prosperous and thriving town. 

In 1907 the U.S. steel plant was announced and the production began in 1915. In 1917 the Universal Atlas Cement Company began making cement from slag in the city. The Cloquet Fire in 1918 exposed the area to immense destruction but the city managed to pull itself together again. The 1950s did see a decline in the economical status but by the 21st century Duluth had again gained its lead in development and commerce. 

About Duluth, Minnesota

The county seat of Saint Louis County, Duluth is the fourth largest city of Minnesota and also boasts of the being the largest metropolitan area on Lake Superior. Located on the north shore of Lake Superior, the city lies 2,300 miles away from the Atlantic Ocean and yet is accessible to it. The city is named after the first known European explorer of this region, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut.

Duluth occupies and area of 87.3 square miles of which 22.11% is water. According to the 2010 census, the city had a population of 86,265. The 2000 census recorded that population here comprised of a large majority of 92.7% Whites, 1.6% African Americans, 2.4% Native Americans, 1.1% Asians and absolutely no Pacific Islanders. The median income of a household here was recorded at $33,766 by the 2000 census.

The city boasts of a great economical position and this can be seen in the infrastructure of the place. It is a major transportation center and right from coal to agricultural products, steel, limestone, everything is shipped in and out of the city. Duluth also houses the center for aquatic biology and aquatic science with some major names like ERA laboratories, LimnoLogic, the ASci Corporation, Environmental Consulting and Testing, and Ecolab, operating from here.

Offering a rich history, this city is known for its many buildings and historically important streets. The Chester Terrace is a must see in the city and the ruins of old Fond du Lac also hold their own charm. Steep First Avenue East located in Canal Park, St. Louis County Courthouse and the Historic Central High School, are some other place of Duluth that are also significant spots of Duluth.

When it comes to bridges, the city offers some fantastic sights. The Aerial Lift Bridge is not only a wonderful construction but also a very well maintained bridge. The John A. Blatnik Bridge on a Lake Superior tributary is another gem from the city. Its central arch has been designed to perfection and it's also the charm of the bridge.

When it comes to parks and recreation, the city is in no way lacking. There are 6 parks in Duluth and they are Beach Park, Leif Erickson Park, Canal Park, the Lakewalk, Lafayette Park, and Park Point Recreation Area. The Park Point area is known for its beaches and attracts a lot of swimmers each year.

About St. Louis County, Minnesota

Located in the State of Minnesota, Saint Louis County has its seat at Duluth. The county is the largest one in the state when compared with others on the basis of total area. It is also the second largest county of USA that lies east of the Mississippi river. The county has been named after the Saint Louis River that flows through it and also feeds its water need significantly.

The county occupies a total area of 6,859.91 square miles and the 2010 census recorded a population of 200,226 people. The 2000 census laid down that the population here comprised of a large 94.86% of Whites with only 0.85% African Americans. There were 2.03% Native Americans and also 0.66% Asians and 0.03% Pacific Islanders. The median income of a household here was $36,306 in 2000.

When it comes to natural beauty, the county boasts of several scenic wonders. The 'Hill of the Three Waters' is a spectacular place in Saint Louis county. There is also the Superior National Forest that was set up in 1909 and offers some great flora and fauna. Of course the parts of Voyageurs National Park are a huge attraction for angling and rafting. Being a fresh water port, the county is known as much for its aquatic life as it is for its forests and parks.

The county is home to many cities of which Aurora, Buhl, Crook, Tower, Winton, Brit and Gilbert are a few. There are also some unincorporated communities here and Peyla, Taft, Sax and Palo are a few of them. Alango, Elmer, Field, Cedar Valley and Fayal are some of the townships of the county. The Alongo, the Delvic Building and the Hartley Building are some of the historically important places in the county. Of the bridges, the Aerial Lift Bridge is the most important and historical one.