Monday, September 10, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 10

*September 10, 1913 - The arrival of steel for the construction of the new $2,900,000 ore dock under construction by the Duluth, Missabe & Northern is causing a problem for the contractors. The photo below shows what happened to a stretch of track carrying the heavy steel beams. The track was a part of that recently laid over the new fill near dock No. 4 and just north of the shore line.
When the train load of these cars was run onto the track today the soft road bed gave way on one side, sliding the heavy beams off the cars into the mud bottom. A wrecking crew is at work taking away the material and cars and repairing the track.
The steel beams are being distributed along the right-of-way of the new dock. Hundreds of tons of steel are arriving daily and already work has been started on the western end by placing these parts together. The steel covers for the cement foundations have been put in place over a large part of the distance.

The Duluth Herald; “”Heavy Steel Girders for New Ore Dock More Than Temporary Road Bed Will Carry”; Sept. 11, 1913; p. 2.


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