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Duluth, Minnesota

Chuck Horton was born in Duluth, the fifth-largest city in Minnesota. Sitting on the shore of Lake Superior, Duluth has access to the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes Waterway and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Since it is the most western point on the Great Lakes, Duluth has always been a very busy seaport; teamed up with Superior, Wisconsin, the metropolitan area is called the Twin Ports.

Duluth’s population boomed around 1850 when rumors of copper mining in the area began to spread. Luckily, passageways to the Atlantic Ocean had just been completed as well, giving large ships access to the area. Small towns formed along the Saint Louis River and modern-day Duluth was born.

The city truly took off in the early 20th century, passing New York City and Chicago in gross tonnage being handled at a port. This was partially due to the fact that U.S. Steel built a plant in the area in 1915; to the locals, it was known as Duluth Works steel plant.

The Diamond Calk Horseshoe Company also created a lot of traction through the area, becoming a major manufacturer and exporter of automobile tools. Soon, Duluth featured ten newspapers, six banks and an 11-story skyscraper – the Torrey Building.

Because of all these industries popping up in the area, there was a large movement of immigrants into the area. Duluth quickly became one of the largest Finnish communities in the world; today, however, Scandinavians make up a large portion of Duluth’s population – approximately one-third of its residents.

In 1918 the Duluth area was ravaged by a fire. Labeled the Cloquet Fire, it is the worst natural disaster in Minnesota history. Tens of thousands of people were either injured or left homeless.

In the 1950s, Duluth’s economy began to decline due to lack of high-grade iron ore in the area. Ore had long been a staple in the Duluth harbor; by the 1970s, foreign competitors began taking over the steel industry in the area.

Duluth has a wide variety of attractions, such as the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Lake Superior Zoo. The aquarium is America’s only all-freshwater aquarium. The Glensheen Mansion, a 38-room estate built for businessman Chester Adgate Congdon, is also located in Duluth. Currently, the mansion is owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth – it offers tours daily.

Duluth has also been home to several professional sports teams over the years. The Kelley Duluths were a National Football League team from 1923-1925. The team became the Ernie Nevers’ Eskimos (named after the early NFL star) for 1926 and 1927. The franchise was then sold and turned into the Orange Tornadoes.

Duluth has also had a professional baseball team – the Duluth-Superior Dukes. The team participated in the Northern League, an independent minor league located throughout North America. The team was affiliated with the Detroit Tigers from 1960 to 1964. Since then, they have been affiliated with either the Tigers, the Chicago Cubs or the Chicago White Sox. In 2003, the team was moved to Kansas City; they are now known as the Kansas City T-Bones.

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914 W. 3rd St., Duluth, Minnesota 55806