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Famous Landmarks in Duluth – Our Top Five

There are lots of choices when it comes to great landmarks in the Duluth, Superior area, from natural beauty to man made wonders.  Let’s take a look at what we think are the five most recognizable landmarks in Duluth.

Lake Superior

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We start the list with something that is anything but land, it’s the largest fresh water lake in the world, of course we’re talking about Lake Superior.  This natural wonder is something we all take for granted since a lot of us see it every day, but without this landmark, just about every other landmark on this wouldn’t exist.

Lake Superior is about the size of South Carolina with it’s deepest point at 1,332 feet.  If we were to empty the water out of the lake it would cover North and South America with 1 foot of water!  Lake Superior is also home to over 80 different kinds of fish, can you name them all?

So next time you look out over the lake think about how important it is to life in Duluth/Superior, and most of all enjoy the beauty of it.


Aerial Lift Bridge

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Without the first thing on our list, chances are we wouldn’t have this either.  The Aerial Lift Bridge takes our second spot, for obvious reasons.  The lift bridge may be the landmark that people most think of when you mention Duluth.  Just about every piece of travel literature, commercial or website for Duluth includes a picture of this iconic Duluth landmark.

The lift bridge was built in 1905 and upgraded in 1930, it is one of only two of these types of bridges in the United States.  The bridge originally had a gondola that  brought people and goods back and forth, but because of  a growing population on park point and increasing tourist traffic the bridge was ungraded to it’s current lift design.

The bridge can raise fully in about 3 minutes, and during the Summer it can raise and lower as much as 30 times a day.  We’ve all heard the customary long-short-long-short horn blowing sequence when a ship passes that is a signal to raise the bridge, while the Long-short-short is a friendly salute.

So here’s to our heavy metal lifting friend, thank you for continuing to work hard and be the face for our community.


Canal Park / Lakewalk

Flickr user Mark Z.

Built around the Aerial Lift Bridge is Canal Park and spawning from there is the Lakewalk, this tourist destination is next on our landmark list.  Granted not only tourists enjoy Canal Park and the Lakewalk, but during the Summer time us locals do tend to stay away, especially on the weekends.

During the 80′s Canal Park was transformed to what we see today, before that it was primarily warehouses and other industrial buildings.  City leaders decided to turn this area, which was hurt by economic turmoil, into an area that was welcoming to tourists, we would say that goal has been realized.

Now home to Grandma’s Marathon, many restaurants, shops and other tourist attractions, Canal Park is the heart of Duluth and the destination of thousands of tourists from around the world each year.

Stemming from Canal Park is a 4.2 mile path called the “Duluth Lakewalk”.  The Lakewalk follows the shore of Lake Superior from 27th Avenue East to Bayfront Festival Park.  Along the Lakewalk you’ll come across the Northland Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Memorials, Leif Erickson Park and the Rose Garden with 2000 rose bushes and other flowers.

Canal Park and the Lakewalk are treasures of the area that both tourists and locals can enjoy.


Enger Tower

by Jacob Norlund

Made of blue stone and standing 80 feet tall, Enger Tower is the next landmark on our list, and for good reason, because along with the final landmark on the list, they make up the skyline of the Duluth hillside or hilltop area.

Originally dedicated on June 15, 1939 by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway.  It memorializes Bert Enger, a Norwegian immigrant who donated all of the land that now makes up Enger Park, Duluth’s largest. Bert was a furniture seller who gained success in Duluth’s early days.

Recently renovated by the city and the Duluth Rotary Club, Enger Tower has been restored and outfitted with a new lighting system.


Antenna Farm

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And finally, the last landmark on the list and probably the one where you’ll be like, “What?’, but bear with us hopefully you’ll understand where we are coming from, literally!

When you look to the top of the hill, not only do you see Enger Tower, you also see all the wonderful antennas for local radio, cell phones, TV and other transmitted stuff for the Duluth area.  This is where we magically come from and end up on your radio at 101.7, pretty cool huh?

Now it’s hard to find alot of information about the Duluth “antenna farm” but it isn’t hard to miss. This is often the first thing you’ll see if you’re driving into the Twin Ports in the evening, you can see them for ten’s of miles away, flashing brightly, guiding you into town.

So simply because we love antennas (because we’re in radio) and that you can see them for miles and miles, the Duluth antenna farm makes our list.

Enjoy this photo gallery of our “Top Five Duluth Landmarks”

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