Grain Elevators of
The Zenith City
Duluth, MN

Closing Thoughts & Gallery

Closing Thoughts: Skyline Simpatico

Taken from atop a grain train at the end of Cargill B-2, looking toward Lake Superior "I", now part of the sample complex. This area used to have another slip, but Cargill filled it on when it built the elevator on the right.
Taken from atop a grain train at the end of Cargill B-2, looking toward Lake Superior “I”, now part of the sample complex. This area used to have another slip, but Cargill filled it on when it built the elevator on the right.

The opening of the Duluth Ship Canal brought new waters to Rice’s Point, seeding the grain elevators that would rise for the next century. From those grains, silos like shoots of bamboo would burst from manmade peninsulas flanked by deep shipping canals dredged from the bottom of Lake Superior itself.

Next time you find yourself near Garfield Avenue, look between the Duluth skyline and our modern-day elevator row. You likely could not have the Alworth without Consolidated, Medical Arts without Capitol, Board of Trade without Peavey.

Gallery

Special thanks to unknowing donor Jon Fontaine who sold a photo collection that now complements this story. Finding your photographs in the back of an antique store and knowing that someone else cared enough about the demolition of these elevators to document it makes me happy to this day. If you ever stumble across this, contact me!

References »

A special thanks to Tony Dierckens at zenithcity.com, Laura Jacobs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Archives, and the research staff at the Duluth Public Library.

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