Duluth Blizzard of 1892

The blizzard of Wednesday, March 9, 1892, began about 4:00 a.m. with snow and winds of around 30 miles per hour.  By 3:30 p.m. the winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour, and four feet of snow had fallen by dawn on Thursday.   Street car service was suspended after noon on Wednesday because of snow accumulating on the tracks—even with the new electric rotary snow plow trying to clear it.  The incline railway was not hindered by the storm.  One man was killed when the smokestack at the Merritt & Rings saw mill in West Duluth blew over and crashed through the mill roof.  Snow drifts of twenty feet formed on the north side of Superior Street, forcing business owners to tunnel through the snow to get to their doorways.  Hundreds of signs and billboards were demolished and roofs damaged by the wind.  On Rice’s Point, the wheat elevators sustained $15,000 worth of damage to their roofs.  An estimated $50,000 to $80,000 of damages were expected from the storm. 

Duluth Daily Tribune, March 10 and 11, 1892  

Superior Superior Street after blizzard–looking east.
Northeast Minnesota Historical Center

Superior Superior Street looking west after snowstorm–from Second Avenue East.
Northeast Minnesota Historical Center

Duluth Winter Frolic, February 18, 1927

Friday, February 18, 1927, was a bitterly cold day, so Speed Day races were postponed until the next day. On Saturday, an estimated 15,000 paid fifty cents (twenty-five cents for children) to view horse races, speed skating, and motorcycle ski-joring on a half-mile track on the lake ice off Lake Shore Park. A 9:00 p.m. dance at the Armory was the final event of the week.


From the 2/17/1927 Duluth News Tribune

Duluth Winter Frolic, February 15-16, 1927


On Tuesday night, Feb. 15, 1927, the Winter Frolic parade, with 7,000 marchers, floats, bands, and drum corps, entertained an estimated 70,000 spectators. The City of Duluth float was a miniature model of the new city hall. Wednesday was West Duluth Day, with numerous activities planned including another parade through the West Duluth business district.

Program from the 2/15/1927 Duluth Herald


From the 2/16/1927 Duluth Herald