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Duluth, Minnesota (Images of America Series) based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sheldon T. Aubut and Maryanne C. Norton bring the history of Duluth, Minnesota's buildings to life in this book. "Duluth" starts with an early history of the Indian settlements of the Sioux and Ojibwe people, to Minnesota Point and the street car line serving both residents and businesses in the late 1800s. Then we tour the West Downtown business district with its two-story structures where families lived on the second floor, to the West End now known as Lincoln Park. Continuing on our journey to East Downtown discovering mainly retail with fraternal organizations and theaters built in the 1870s and 1880s to the early government buildings constructed from the 1860s to 1900s and later. Our hosts guide us through the hills, which rise from Lake Superior for a look at one of the nicest residential areas of the time. Personally, I did not know the city once had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States and this wealth produced many beautiful commercial buildings, homes, and bridges. We then steer towards the East End, an area filled with the period revival homes that were much in vogue. Lastly, the "Streetcar Suburbs" where it was possible to live away from the crowded downtown area and commute, and Skyline Parkway, a roadway near the top of Duluth's hills. "Duluth" is the perfect gift book for architectural aficionados and those that want to learn more about this area. The book offers a wonderful sampling of the city's significant structures and makes for enjoyable reading about its wonderful historic treasures.
Sheldon T. Aubut and Maryanne C. Norton's 'Duluth, Minnesota' gives an inexpensive look into the history and architecture of this picturesque city. I wish it had been available before my last trip up there last year. I will definitely re-read it before my next visit. The book's easy-to-read conversational style keeps you moving through, and the photographs tell a fascinating story. Very highly recommended for anyone with an interest in this part of the country.
Readers may glimpse Duluth¿s majestic past without spending $50 to $100 on a large format coffee table book. Sheldon T. Aubut and Maryanne C. Norton¿s ¿Duluth, Minnesota¿ (part of Arcadia Publishing¿s Images of America series) does the job nicely for $19.95. The medium format paperback is big enough for large, clear photos that give readers an idea of the level of wealth and power the late 19th century Duluth leaders enjoyed. The authors break the city into several sections or neighborhoods, outlining the history of each ¿ mainly in cutlines. They manage to give a solid background on city history without bogging the casual reader down and without large gray blocks of text marring the book. Interspersed with historic and a few contemporary photos are photos of some of the people who helped build Duluth and some of the celebrities who had connections with it. President Rutherford B. Hayes owned property there and singer Bob Dylan was born there, to name a couple. The cutlines under the historic photos tell the reader what they most want to know: what the buildings were used for, what year they were built, and what became of them. Enough architectural detail is given to help casual readers see what a Richardsonian Romanesque or Shingle house looked like, without sending one scurrying for a dictionary of architectural terms. Whether someone has visited Duluth or not, this is an entertaining and handy little book to have. For someone who IS contemplating a visit, it would be an ideal guide book. It reflects well on both the authors and the publisher.