Historic photos of Duluth, Minnesota. Top: Detroit Publishing Company panorama, circa 1898. Second & Third: Skyline views of Duluth, circa 1905, by Detroit Publishing Company via shorpy.com. Fourth: View of Minnesota Point from Incline Railway, Duluth, circa 1905 by Detroit Publishing Company via shorpy.com. Fifth: Duluth Ore Docks, circa 1907, by Detroit Publishing Company (Library of Congress). Bottom: The Aerial Lift Bridge, circa 1920, from USC Digital Collections.
The pocket ore dock of the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad in Marquette represents a historically significant engineering feat. It was the first such dock of its type constructed on the Upper Great Lakes and is the only operating ore-loading facility in Marquette’s harbors. Iron ore ships are loaded daily.
Yo, regarding that picture you reblogged of the Lower Harbor Ore Dock. I was confused because I have no memory of there being a small island NORTH of the existing ore dock. I found the full (very cool) image here (http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/SHORPY_Marquette_Harbor_Panorama.jpg) and you can see that that ore dock is no longer standing, and the existing structure is farther north, with Ripley Rock to its south. HISTORY
Oh dang! I had completely forgotten that there were multiple ore docks in the lower harbor. Thanks for the catch!
I put up a selection of photos of the old ore dock at Ashland, Wisconsin over at grouchyfarmer.com. The dock was scheduled to be demolished this past year. Understandable because as you can see from the photos it was in bad shape and very unsafe, but regrettable because it was a major landmark in the area.