Duluth in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Ohara Peace Bell
The following is a translation of the text found on the bell. This bell, The Japan-US Friendship Peace Bell, is a close replica of the bell displayed in Ohara Park in the town of Ohara, Chiba Japan. It was cast in commemoration of the Sister City relationship between Ohara and Duluth, and respectfully presented to Duluth. The original peace bell (1986), which was in the former Cho-ei Temple, is the oldest remaining bell in Ohara. Ohara donated the bell to a wartime scrap drive, but for some reason it was never destroyed. After WWII in 1946, sailors on the USS Duluth found the bell, took it to the US, and gave it to the City of Duluth, where it was displayed in City Hall.
In 1951 the Dean of the Chiba University school of Horticulture was pursuing academic travel in the US. He learned of the bell's existence, met with Mayor of Duluth, and asked for its return. Through the kindness of Duluth's Mayor George Johnson, the wonderful effort of Professor Peterson of the University of Minnesota, and the cooperation of the US Air Force and Navy, the bell crossed the Pacific Ocean and returned to Ohara on May 2nd, 1954.
At the return
The Bell was cast by Oigo Jiuemon, Takaoka City, Japan. The Bell tower was built through the cooperation of Ohara's and Duluth Sister City Commissions, and dedicated on June 5th, 1994. Grey Doffin and Jeff Kern, Duluth, carpenters.
Erected by City of Duluth.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Peace • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Historic Bells 🔔 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1870.
Location. 46° 46.624′ N, 92° 7.444′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker and bell are in Enger Park, accessed off Hank Jensen Drive and the Skyline Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Japanese Peace Bell Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Duluth Japanese Peace Bell Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Club of Duluth 100th Anniversary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enger Observation Tower (about 400 feet away); Rice's Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duluth-Superior Harbor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Priley Fountain / Duluth Civic Center (approx. one mile away); Albert Woolson (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duluth.
Also see . . .
1. Enger Tower and Enger Park Gardens. Enger Park Restoration website (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Duluth: Peace Bell. Minnesota Public Radio entry (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ohara-Isumi City. Duluth Sister Cities entry (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 702 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.