Duluth-Superior Harbor

Duluth-Superior Harbor (HM2NG)

Location: Duluth, MN 55806 St. Louis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 46.893', W 92° 7.115'

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Duluth-Superior harbor is the westernmost terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the world's most inland seaport. Harbor commerce began when Daniel Greysolon Sieur Du Luht portaged across Minnesota Point in 1679 where the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge now stands, opening the area for fur trading. With the early French voyageurs or traders came the first explorers and missionaries. Permanent settlements of Central Duluth began after the Indians ceded their lands in 1854. The Duluth Ship Canal was dug in 1870-71; concrete breakwaters were added in 1898. The Aerial Lift Bridge was built in 1905 as a span for a suspended cable car and converted to a lift span in 1929. At the far end of Minnesota Point can be seen the Superior Ship Entry Canal, the natural outlet of the St. Louis River. Superior Bay (the outer harbor) lies between Minnesota Point and Rice's Point with its grain elevators, seaway terminal and the John A. Blatnik Bridge connecting Duluth with Superior, Wisconsin; to the right of Rice's Point is St. Louis Bay (the inner harbor).

One of a series of Skyline Drive Commemorative Plaques erected in 1972 by the Duluth Lions Club in cooperation with the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau.
HM NumberHM2NG
Additional InformationIn 2015 the marker and its pedestal and the site where sits were all in good shape. A section on the top several inches of the stone slab that the plaque is in was broken off.
Series This marker is part of the Duluth, Minnesota Skyline Drive Commemorative Plaques series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceTown, Other, Business Center, Bridge
Marker TypeHistoric District
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Year Placed1972
Placed ByDuluth Lions Club, Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 1:33pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] MARTHA DECKER  [2] MARTHA DECKER  
Locationbig map
Location DescriptionMarker is located in a small pullout/scenic overlook on West Skyline Parkway in Duluth, Minnesota. The site looks out over the Duluth Harbor, Minnesota Point and the Aerial Lift Bridge, and beyond out into Lake Superior.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 567282 N 5181266
Decimal Degrees46.78155000, -92.11858333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 46.893', W 92° 7.115'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 46' 53.5800" N, 92° 7' 6.9000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)218
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 802 W Skyline Pkwy, Duluth MN 55806, US
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