Duluth, Minnesota

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The city of Duluth, Minnesota is located at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes on the north shore of Lake Superior.  Interestingly, Lake Superior, at least by surface area, is the world’s largest freshwater lake.  The area, historically, was inhabited by Dakota, Fox, Menominee, Nipigon, Noquet, and Gros Ventres peoples.  About five hundred years ago, however, the Anishinaabe, or Ojibwe (Chippewa) peoples took over the area.

The first European credited with the “discovery” of Lake Superior was French explorer Etienne Brule in 1620.  In 1679, the nearby Saint Louis River was explored by Brule’s fellow Frenchman Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, often anglicized to “DuLhut”, is where Duluth’s name originates.  In 1852, a US-led land survey, later compounded by treaties with local tribes in 1854, led to a “land rush.”  Inevitably, the population of the area boomed and permanent settlements were founded.  The port city of Duluth was officially incorporated in 1857.

Today, Duluth Minnesota has a total population of 86,110, according to a 2015 estimate by the US Census Bureau.  This makes Duluth the 5th most populous city in the state of Minnesota and the 379th most populous city in the country.  Duluth’s metropolitan area, according to that same estimate, has a population of 279,601 people.  This makes it the 168th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

The city of Duluth, Minnesota is accessible to oceangoing vessels from the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes Waterway and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  As such, it serves as a major hub for the “transshipment of coal, taconite, agricultural products, steel, limestone, and cement.”

Due to its location on Lake Superior, Duluth is also heralded as a center for aquatic biology and aquatic science.  In fact, Duluth is home to the Great Lakes Aquarium, which is the largest freshwater aquarium in America.  The Great Lakes Aquarium opened on July 29th, 2000 and has a floor space of 62,000 sq. ft. (5,800 meters squared).  This Aquarium “houses 205 different species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.”  Its largest tank, by volume, is 85,000 US gallons, while the total volume of all its tanks is 120,000 US gallons.

Elsewhere in the city of Duluth is the Aerial Lift Bridge, otherwise known as the Aerial Ferry Bridge.  The Aerial Lift Bridge, originally built in 1905, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  It is an extremely rare transporter bridge – in fact it was the “first of just two such bridges ever constructed in the United States.”  The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains a maritime museum near this bridge.

As for professional sports franchises, Duluth has an interesting history.  The city was actually home to a National Football League team called the Kelleys (after the Kelley-Duluth Hardware Store) from 1923 to 1925, when they changed their name to the Eskimos from 1926 to 1927.  This football team’s story was immortalized by the 2008 film Leatherheads.

Modern-day Duluth is home to Baseball’s Northern League’s Duluth Dukes.  The Duluth Dukes have been in operation since 1935.  They play their home games at Bulldog Park and have one league championship to their names.  All American Bandy League’s Dynamo Duluth play their home games at Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval in Roseville.  Bandy is a form of ice hockey.  The Dynamo Duluth have won one championship and one North American Cup.  As for roller derby, the Harbor City Roller Dames are a flat-track roller derby league.

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