Where is Lincoln Park, anyway?

You’ll get different definitions if you ask different people.

The At Home in Duluth Collaborative has this to say:

The neighborhood is defined by Interstate 35 to the south, Skyline Parkway to the north, 40th Avenue West to the west, and West 15th Avenue to the east.

Neighborhood Revitalization Plan 2012

Other definitions put the western boundary at the CN ore docks just beyond 33rd Avenue West. This definition has the advantage of linking up to Lincoln Park’s economic and industrial history, as well as a distinctive set of local landmarks.

Many older native Duluthians
refer to this neighborhood as the West End, not Lincoln Park. The latter name developed as a way to distinguish our neighborhood from West Duluth as the western part of our city was annexed over the years. Lincoln Park was chosen as the new name for the neighborhood in 1986 to celebrate the prominence of the park in the neighborhood’s landscape.

Downtown West End
St. Louis River Estuary

Lincoln Park’s waterways define our neighborhood. There’s the St. Louis River with its ore docks and industrial development, giving this neighborhood its sturdy, hard-working flavor. Though I-35 and Hwy 53 divide the neighborhood and separate Lincoln Park from the river waterfront, the remnants of the iron works and sawmills testify to the river’s importance in our history. So much so that a renewed interest in reconnecting Lincoln Park with the St. Louis is taking place.

And then there’s the park itself, where Miller Creek winds down the hill towards the river, through the residential area lined with sturdy old houses, churches, and small businesses.

If you would like to know more about the early history of Lincoln Park, Wendy Grethen’s 2011 video Early Days of the West End*, visit the Our Lincoln Park YouTube channel.