Saturday, July 23, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 23

July 23, 1910 – Today lightening partially wrecked the Radisson school building on Park Point, damaged Duluth’s incinerating plant to such an extent that it will be unable to operate for several weeks and burned a residence.

No one was injured, but the damage will be several thousand dollars.

In a terrific rain storm that accompanied the thunderstorm, streets were flooded, unfinished street improvements were interrupted and many blocks of the steepest avenues washed out so as to be impassable.

The damage of streets will be in the neighborhood of $10,000.

The Great Northern power plant was shut down for a short time owing to the severity of the storm, and hundreds of small boats in the harbor had difficulty in reaching shore safely.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Storm Damages Duluth”; July 24, 1910; p. 1.

Park Point, Duluth, Minn.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain July 23, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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