Bygones: 100 years ago, Duluth considered digging a different canal, replacing Aerial Bridge

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

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News Tribune, July 29, 1981

  • At a meeting in Duluth City Hall last night, local residents told state Waste Management Board members they don't want a hazardous waste processing plant built in Duluth. The board is considering 60 sites around the state to locate the plant.
  • City of Duluth officials are considering converting some of the city's vehicles to burn propane gas instead of gasoline. According to Ted Griak, Duluth street maintenance manager, the change could cut the city's fuel costs by 57% at today's prices.

News Tribune, July 29, 1921

  • In preparation for the St. Lawrence River deep waterway project, Duluth Public Works Commissioner Bert Farrell has suggested the city dig a canal through Minnesota Point at about 45th Street. He also recommended dismantling the Aerial Bridge and building a ground-level bridge there.
  • The first concrete on the new Miller Trunk Highway was laid yesterday by the Abbey Maturi Contracting Company on their 7 1/2 mile job out of Eveleth. The job represents the laying of the cornerstone on the new highway to Duluth.

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