Bygones: 100 years ago, Duluth added streetcars to accommodate shoppers

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at

Duluth News Tribune archive / Newsbank

News Tribune, Dec. 6, 1981

  • The Fond du Lac Reservation has been awarded three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development contracts that total $7.6 million. The money will pay for construction of 100 single-family and low-rent homes, some specifically for elderly people.
  • So far, with 10 days left to bid, there's only one bidder for the former U.S. Air Force station at Finland. The Rockford Acromatic Products Co., which makes parts for the automotive and aircraft industries, would probably use the 101-acre site for an industrial park.

News Tribune, Dec. 6, 1921

  • Starting today, 15 additional streetcars will operate daily from noon to 6 p.m. until Christmas to accommodate Duluth shoppers. Also, Duluth Street Railway Company officials said yesterday all cars now have hot-water heating plants operating from coal-burning stoves to warm the interiors.
  • The first Visit-the-School Day yesterday fulfilled all expectations, according to James A. Starkweather, assistant superintendent of Duluth schools. During the day, parents and other family members visited classrooms, met teachers, and observed normal classroom activities.

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