Saturday, August 18, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 18

August 18, 1929 – Attracted by the smells coming from the back of a fish delivery truck, a black bear followed the truck into downtown Duluth. The bear then turned his attention to the smells coming from the Hotel Duluth Coffee Shop.  [H]e “rose up on his hind feet and looked around as if greatly confused. He then walked over to the coffee shop and with one mighty blow of its paw, it smashed a fifteen foot tall plate glass window. Glass flew in every direction. The bear dropped to all fours and rushed through the window to the center of the coffee shop.”

After causing a ruckus in the coffee shop, the bear was eventually shot by a Duluth police officer.  “The magnificent animal was later sent to a local taxidermist and for many years was displayed in the front window of the 'Black Bear Lounge' in the hotel. Presently it is on display in the main dining room of the original Grandma’s Saloon & Grill in Canal Park, Duluth.”

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