Preserving history

Duluth’s Lakewalk is about to get a shot of history — three, to be precise.

The city of Duluth, partnered with the Friends of the Lakewalk, announced three new information kiosks along the Lakewalk, all telling the history of the Duluth Shipping Canal.

The first commemorates the shipwreck of the Mataafa in 1905. It is along the Lakewalk on the approach to the canal. The Mataafa foundered at the canal in a November storm that included gale-force winds, ice and difficult currents. Nine sailors lost their lives as Duluth residents looked on, unable to mount a rescue in the heavy seas.

The two additional kiosks tell the story of the mosaic images of Duluth’s waterfront history. What otherwise would have been simply a dull concrete wall was made into a work of functional art, beautifying the foundation for Interstate 35.

For more information about the kiosks or membership information in the Friends of the Lakewalk organization, contact Andrea Agar at