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The Duluth Depot, Duluth

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The Duluth Depot is a historic train station in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. The union station was built in 1892, served seven different rail lines, and accommodated 5,000 passengers. In 1973 it re-opened as the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, housing the Duluth Art Institute, Lake Superior Railroad Museum (which operates the North Shore Scenic Railroad), St. Louis County Historical Society Museum, a Veteran's Memorial Hall, and five performing arts organizations. Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) provided rail service to the station from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.DescriptionThe Depot is located at 506 West Michigan Avenue in the shadow of the elevated I-35, which runs immediately southeast of the depot. (On the southeast side of the Duluth Harbor Basin of Lake Superior.) The depot is easily accessible from northeast bound I-35 by way of the Michigan Avenue interchange (exit 256A). It is also fairly accessible from southwest bound I-35 by way of the Lake Avenue/5th Avenue West interchange (exit 256B). (However, since West Michigan Avenue is a one-way street, vehicular traffic must turn northwest onto South 5th Avenue West, southwest onto West Superior Street, and then southeast onto South 6th Avenue West before reaching West Michigan Avenue.) The station has one side platform and three island platforms that provide access to its seven tracks. The outer southeast active track is utilized by the North Shore Scenic Railroad, with the remainder being used to display various trains and train cars by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.
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  • I went here expecting just to see trains. Imagine my surprise when I found artwork also. The train exhibit was great - loved the displays of place settings of china from railroads from all over North ...  more »
  • The now annual Proctor Foundation fund raiser misses some of the action of being down by the trains and the loss of the baskets for the silent auction was felt. However, the food vendors and the wine ...  more »
  • The Depot is a place we always love to visit when we are in Duluth! The building itself is a great historical building. Within the museum are several exhibits including a Minnesota war exhibit (focusi...  more »
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  • I know the superhero and monster stuff is there is only for a period of time, but it was very fun and interesting. I also really enjoyed the Native American things and the information about immigration from the 1920s. Sadly, the ice cream parlor was closed, but it sounds like fun. I didn't try the train ride, but that also sounded fun.
  • Really fun and informative train ride along Duluth shore. Just wish parents would control their children better, hard to hear and a bit distracting when they're screaming and running around
  • Greatly enjoyed the historical displays of trains and railroad life. You are able to enter some of the trains and engines to see the mechanisms and workmanship of these vehicles. The is an excellent selection of trains and engines for viewing.
  • The Duluth Depot is an interesting place to visit with its collection of galleries and museums. Even on a cold rainy day there are many things to see and you can even take a train ride along the lake shore.
  • Great for young kids and fun history. Look for discounts either with hotels or AAA

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Where to stay in Duluth

Canal Park and the downtown areas offer a full range of lodging, including tower hotels, national-chain motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts. For a more scenic stay, book accommodation with views of Lake Superior. Staying in Canal Park or downtown puts you within easy reach of numerous restaurants, shops, and attractions, but you should also consider bedding down in the historical area east of Chester Park. Many of the inns and bed and breakfasts here occupy turn-of-the-century mansions, and the neighborhood itself offers a quiet respite from busy downtown and Canal Park.
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