“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Duluth in St. Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)


Canal Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
1. Canal Marker
Inscription. Very early Duluth felt that future growth would 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
Erected by Duluth Lions Club.
Location. 46° 46.787′ N, 92° 5.535′ 
Maritime Visitor Center Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
2. Maritime Visitor Center
Canal marker is left of this entrance (not shown).
W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Canal Park Drive when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is south of the entrance on the east outside wall of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dedicated to Davis Helberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Northwoods Sailors (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Merchant Marine / U.S. Navy Armed Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar A. Culbertson (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis G. Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Float Copper (within shouting distance of this marker); Modern Ship Propeller (within shouting distance of this marker); Illumination History of the Aerial Lift Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Duluth.
Also see . . .  Duluth Web Cam. Lake Superior Marine Museum Association Website; Army Corps of Engineers Webcam. (Submitted on January 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
Lighthouse on the east pier of the Duluth Canal Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Light, July 17, 2009
3. Lighthouse on the east pier of the Duluth Canal
Plaque Near Entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 27, 2007
4. Plaque Near Entrance
Duluth Canal Park Development Visitor Center and Historical Museum
Constructed by U. S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District in cooperation with City of Duluth
Canal & Harbor Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 26, 2007
5. Canal & Harbor
Harbor Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 26, 2007
6. Harbor
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,574 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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