Duluth, Minnesota is the westernmost port city on Lake Superior, which is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Duluth’s population was last recorded at just under 86,000 people and is the largest city in the Twin Ports area.
The settlement that would eventually be called Duluth in 1856 is named after Sieur du Lhut, who came in 1679 to set up fur trade routes in the area.
Duluth is home to the biggest and quickest lift bridge in the world, rising 138 feet in 55 seconds. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, as it is know, connects Park Point to mainland Duluth, which was needed after a canal was dug in 1871 to allow ships to enter the harbor in Minnesota.