Tuesday, January 23, 2007

William Irvin

Sorry if I have posted this before...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Jay Cooke State Park

In 1915, 2,350 acres of land was donated to Minnesota by the St. Louis River Power Company. The State of Minnesota continually bought land in the surrounding area until it reached it's current size of 8,818 acres.

Named after famed 1800's financier Jay Cooke, who was best known locally for bringing the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad to Duluth from St. Paul to Duluth. Cooke, who worked tirelessly to turn Duluth into the next Chicago, would lose his fortune in the Panic of 1873.

Located off Minnesota Highway 23 on the St. Louis River, this park is located in both St. Louis and Carlton Counties. The dam you see above is the Thomson Dam, which is located on the east side of the park.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

W.J. McCarthy Part 2

Again the site didn't let me update. I am contemplating changing servers, but until then, three cheers for The Glass Lens, mate!

Monday, January 15, 2007

W. J. McCarthy

The American Steamship Company's Walter J. McCarthy loads at the Burlington Northern #5 in Superior. Her primary cargo is low sulfur western coal, which is usually loaded at Midwest Energy on the St. Louis Bay and brought to St. Clair, MI, but she occasionally picks up cargoes such as taconite as seen here.

Built in 1977, the McCarthy was originally named Belle River, but changed her name to reflect the honor of the former Detroit Edison chairman Mr. Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. At 1000 feet long, four General Motors 3500 h.p. diesel engines push 80,900 tons of cargo along the lakes.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Rushing River, Part 2

Sorry, the site was down when I tried to update it, and I didn't get back to update it til now.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Winter Rush

In rural Douglas County, WI, this river continues to defy winter, rushing its way to nowhere.

Friday, January 05, 2007

AT&T...Old and New

On November 21, 2005, AT&T officially unveiled it's new logo, thus retiring the previous logo which had been in place for twenty two years. Both the old and the new design can be seen on Duluth's tallest building.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

United States Steel, Part 2

Here are the aforementioned sprockets that silently guard the entrance to the former Duluth Works plant.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

United States Steel

If you venture past west Duluth, you will come to a section of Duluth that played a prominent role in Duluth's history. Traveling westbound on Grand Avenue, you see streets named "Hulett" and "Bessemer", names associated with the once fluorishing iron ore industry. Just a few miles further and you reach a section of town called "Morgan Park", named after financier JP Morgan. This section of town, like most of the steel towns US Steel was involved in, was developed for the welfare of the employees, and included a school, church, hospital, and townhomes (which still stand today) built for them. The neighborhood, instead of steelworkers, now boasts blue collar workers of other trades. Just past Morgan Park is another neighborhood, Gary-New Duluth, which bears the name of Judge Elbert Gary, the first president of United States Steel.

In 1915, US Steel built the "Duluth Works" plant, and it would remain in operation for sixty four years, closing in May of 1979. The plant, which also included the American Steel and Wire Co., produced coke and steel, among other products, for America. In it's prime, US Steel employed 2,500 people.

Next to the Duluth Works property is the former Universal Atlas Cement Company, which comprises 65 acres of now brown grass,

As I took these photos, I could almost hear the plant coming back to life. In the distance, a train eerily rumbled down the tracks and blew it's whistle. This continued for the duration of my presence on the property. The gates and the signs almost seemed to imply that the closure was temporary, that the plant was in the midst of a slowing economy and would soon be bustling with men making steel, steel that makes America. The five foot tall sprockets in the entrance also were welcoming, giving vitality to a property that was so lifeless, so hopeless. I was jolted back to reality by a warm breeze, a breeze that spoke silently, yet so loudly, saying that the plant would never again rumble with men and steel.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Guess what time this pic was taken. Do not read further unless you don't feel like guessing.

And the answer is....just past 12:15AM. That's right, just after midnight. The night was completely clear with just a full moon illuminating the area.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Where is Winter?

In case you missed it, two pictures from this site made it on the Duluth Seaway Port Authority's magazine for this quarter. They can be viewed by clicking on the magazine cover on the homepage.

Sorry, I have been working six day weeks most of the month. I haven't been out taking pictures, and the one day I tried to, I ended up sitting at the shop with my car for five and 1/2 hours, so that took care of that day! I am going to try (honestly!) to shoot a slew of pics over the next week.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Clyde Iron

The building that once housed the industrial giant Clyde Iron stands silently, a testimony to the company that once helped create the industrial United States. Formed in the early 1900's, the Clyde Iron Works made cranes, hoists, and derricks for industrial use. The silence that occupies the structure will soon be replaced with the sounds of hockey sticks, skates and laughter as the Duluth Hockey Heritage Center will be occupying the building after renovations are complete.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Lake Superior's Furious Shore

Lake Superior is not a warm lake. Especially in winter. I got a little too close to shore and got my feet washed.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Portraits of a Pug

It's the Christmas season. You want to make sure that your tree is up, your house is decorated and your animals are festive. Wait, animals? Well, Pat and Meghan decided that their pug needed to be decorated as well. The top photo is the pug at it's best; the bottom shows what happens when a pug decides his modeling career is about to end.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Barker...Part 2

Well, December is almost here. You know what that means! 7 months until summer!!!!! :) I went outside to take some pics today and almost froze!!!!!! The windchill plus low temperatures = very few pictures.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

No Title

Monday, November 27, 2006

Duluth Harbor

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Self Portrait

Oh the ideas that come to you late at night. I decided to start taking pics of my dog at 11:30PM. Poor girl. 1 hour and three bones later, she was done. (Around fifty pics in all). I tried to get a few with her, but it's hard when you're setting up the shot by yourself, guessing how it will end up. This is one of the few that turned out. I took like five or six pics with the flash and now I have a headache...i can only imagine how she feels, having her nap interrupted by me. I guess I'll have to play frisbee with her for an extra few minutes tomorrow. :)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Post for the Hunters...but put your guns away before looking!

For all of the hunters who didn't see a deer, now you can say you saw one. Just don't shoot at your computer screen.

It was a balmy day up here, in the mid 50's. You say "humph", I say "balmy". I even put my feet in Lake Superior on Friday!!! (By accident when a wave got closer to shore than I expected). When I was growing up, November was the cold month. Thanksgiving would bring us snow, and the high by this time would be in the low teens. December's highs would be around 0 and January would be -5 to -15 degrees (before windchill). Now the months are all warm, with the exception of January, where in the latter part of the month, you can find your high around -5 degrees.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Christmas Time!

One radio station up here has ben playing Christmas music 24/7 since last week. I just couldn't get into that Christmas spirit, but tonight, as I shot different photos, I had to give in. This is downtown at the Minnesota Power building at Lake Avenue and Superior Street. MN Power has been putting a Christmas tree in the Lake Place Plaza for over 25 years, hosting a tree lighting ceremony broadcast live on KBJR-TV which officially kicks off Duluth's Christmas season. (The Christmas City of the North Parade follows right after the 6:00 news the same night).

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Guardian of the Lake

So I had to cover City Council last night. Not too exciting, but then again, this is the area where I live...anyway, as my reporter and I were walking to the elevator, she tells me this story of when she and another photog were there previously. Apparently the elevator got stuck while they were waiting for it. She heard the man yelling, and she asked him if she should call the maintenance person. The reply? "I AM THE MAINTENANCE PERSON". After much yelling of a phone number from the maintenance person, she was able to get it, call HIS boss, and they eventually lifted him out to safety.

We did a series called "Jaywalking" last night for our 6 and 10 newscasts. Modeled after Leno's random questioning of strangers of civics and history questions, we decided to see if people around Duluth were any brighter. I'll let you decide the answer after asking...

One of the questions was: "What ship did the Pilgrims come to America on?" One kid's answer: "I dunno. That haunted one there (points to the direction of the WILLIAM A. IRVIN), the one in Canal Park".

Next question: "Name Minnesota's two senators". Another teenager's response: "Ummmm...(long pause)...Pawlenty and Wellstone?" Nice. Pawlenty has been governor and Wellstone has been six feet under for four years.

Leaves you wondering what they do teach in school...

The CANADIAN PROGRESS inches her way into the Duluth Ship Canal, destined for Midwest Energy in Superior.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

A Map

How's that for originality for this post's name???

If you were a bug and needed to traverse the Twin Ports harbor, this is what you would see. On the other hand, if you were a bug and reading this, I'd have to take a picture of that too...

You can see the DM&IR dock #'s 5 and 6. In the background, you may be able to make out Interstate 35 as it runs south (yes, going right to left is south; thus, going left to right is north!).

Oh, and I have one question. When I worked 911, this always made me curious. Why, when a person dials 911, do they begin to argue that they dialed 411? Do the 411 operators get to play pranks? If so, I was five hundred numbers too high on the phone pad. Numerous people argued with me...one even went so far as to demand that I give them the phone number they were looking for. I told them that I was not a phone book and that they should look it up. Maybe I was really employed by the 411...and due to city budget cuts, we now had to tell people how to perform the Heimlich occasionally. On the other hand, if that was the case, 411 didn't pay all that bad..

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Star Spangled Banner

Veteran's Day 2006. A day to say "Thank You" to all those who have served. A veteran, who is in his 70's now, said that he served in World War II and that in 60 years, he has received "Thank You" for service to his country only four times, and one of those times occurred today.

If you see a veteran thank them. They're the reason we can proudly hold our head up and declare that "We're Americans".

Thank you to all who have served.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered

On November 10, 1975 at 1910 EST, the 729 foot ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald sank in eastern Lake Superior, taking with her 29 men and 26,116 tons of taconite ore from Superior, WI. The Fitzgerald has been the last shipwreck on the Great Lakes to date.

In the Lake Superior Marine Museum, a free museum in Duluth dedicated to shipping on Lake Superior, there is a section dedicated to the Fitzgerald. Two items silently hang as testaments from the disaster: a life ring and a a life jacket. (These items were donated by Columbia Transportation after being released as evidence by the Coast Guard). Other than those two items, very little debris was found from the disaster - only a couple life rafts and other miscellaneous pieces from the ship floated free from the ship following the disaster.

Callaway, Part II

Sorry about the last post being a little hot. I had a better pic, but was in a hurry and put the wrong one up. Here's a wider shot of her loading. There's a couple more pics from there that will be posted. Have a good day.

31 years ago, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank near Whitefish Bay, taking all 29 hands with her. A few ceremonies are being held around the upper Midwest region in rememberance, including one at the Mariner's Chapel in Detroit and at Split Rock Lighthouse. If I make it to Split Rock, I will post pics from the ceremony.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Cason J. Calloway

Alright, I think I am back to normal with the site. Thanks to my buddy Pat for assisting me with the shoot tonight, it went well. Not all the pics are back, but enough to at least get the site running again!

The 767 foot Cason J. Callaway unloads limestone at the former DM&IR dock in west Duluth. Having been owned by US Steel, it was in the same family as the DM&IR until CN's acquisition and subsequent sale of the bulk carriers. After discharge, it will take on a load of taconite (max. tonnage is a shade over 25,000 tons) for it's new owners, Great Lakes Fleet.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Fall Colors

Well, winter has arrived up here in the Northland. I got stuck on the Iron Range covering a mine explosion with minimal winter gear. After getting up there, I was informed I was staying overnight....

I was able to reshoot many of the photos I lost. Some of them turned out better than before, and others were not able to be taken as they were time sensitive (things that don't exist anymore). Thanks for watching this website!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dazed and Confused

Well, um, I don't know how to say it, but I made a major mistake. I was cleaning off my desktop on my computer and managed to delete all my photos for this website. Yup, every one of them. Gone with the wind. Au revoir. Adios. Aloha. (That's all the words for "goodbye" I know in foreign language) So, as a result, I am temporarily taking a reprieve from this site until I can reshoot the photos.

Now, some of you may be wondering why I didn't back them up. Good question. My jump drive was not big enough, and I didn't want to burn them to CD in case the CD's scratched. Well, they're gone.

I have shot new stuff, but will not be posting until I can find a better way of archiving the photos. Hopefully this will not take too long.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Blatnik at Night

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Duluth at Night, Part 2

Earlier this year, I posted a slightly different version of this picture.

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