Duluth is located at the westernmost point of Lake Superior which makes it the westernmost point of the Great Lakes. It is the largest U.S. city on the Great Lakes, the farthest inland port accessible to oceangoing ships, and by far the largest and busiest port on the Great Lakes.
Its iconic symbol is the Aerial Lift Bridge, built 1901 – 1905. The bridge can be raised to its full height of 135 feet in about a minute and is raised about 5,000 times per year.
I’ve seen many bridges and bridge types in my life and never even heard of an aerial lift bridge. Probably that is because the only other one ever built was in Chicago and it was converted 90 years ago.
What a lovely way to spend a nice day! The Duluth Lakewalk is eight miles of lakeside pleasantness. We walked quite a bit sharing the road with joggers, bikers, strollers and even a few horse-drawn carriages next to us. There are many benches along the way to enjoy Lake Superior or just relax.
We finished at a lovely rose garden.
Interesting info about Lake Superior’s size:
*It is the largest lake in the world (measured by surface area).
*It is larger than the other four Great Lakes combined even if you threw in two more Lake Eries.
*It contains about 10% of all earth fresh surface water.
*If you emptied it out, you could cover all of North and South America with a foot of water.
*It is about 1,300 miles to drive round it.