Canal (HM1AX)

Location: Duluth, MN 55802 St Louis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 46.787', W 92° 5.535'

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Very early Duluth felt that future growthwould depend on having suitable harbor and dockage. Winter storms wrecked breakwater and docks built outside Minnesota Point. St. Louis Bay offered a protected harbor, but access required a canal be dug through Minnesota Point. A contract was let. Dredging started the summer of 1870—cutting through two-thirds of the point—before being stopped by winter. Interests not favoring a canal used the delay to secure an injunction from the War Dept., stopping work. Word reached Duluth on June 9. Aided by the dredge Ishpeming, some 50 citizens with pick and shovel had a 30 foot wide channel cut before officers arrived to serve the injunction. The original canal was 200 feet wide with timber bulkheads. In 1898 the width was increased to 300 feet, with concrete piers and bulkheads as they are today. World shipping enters the largest fresh water harbor and the worlds most inland harbor through this canal.

The Duluth-Superior Harbor, with 59 miles of harbor lines and an area of approximately 12 square miles, compares well with the worlds larger harbors.

Courtesy of Duluth Lions Club
HM NumberHM1AX
Placed ByDuluth Lions Club
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 569295 N 5181092
Decimal Degrees46.77978333, -92.09225000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 46.787', W 92° 5.535'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 46' 47.22" N, 92° 5' 32.10" W
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Area Code(s)218, 612
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 39 The Lakewalk, Duluth MN 55802, US
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