Minnesota Travel Tours: Glensheen Mansion - Duluth, Minnesota
First let me tell you that my family is from Duluth. That said, let me tell you that I have never lived there.
How is that possible? My mother and father moved to Mankato, Minnesota in the early 1960s and mom was pregnant with me. So. There you have it.
I have been to Glensheen Mansion once. I was with a group of people. The admission was fairly reasonable, perhaps seven dollars. They showed us several floors.
I found the place to be very interesting. It was built around the turn of the century, around 1905. My grandfather was the same age I was the year it was built when I managed to see it. He was 40 when he saw it. I was 40 when I toured it. [I just like facts like that...]
The Glensheen Mansion was owned by the Congdon Family, but now is owned and operated by the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
It was the setting for the 1970s movie "You'll Like My Mother" starring Richard Thomas.
When you tour the mansion, you will find that everything is original. It is the same wallpaper placed in there over 100 years ago. The woodwork is incredible. If you walk into a room, the woodwork matches, right down to the door. Open the door to the next room, and the same door, on the other side, matches the wood in the next room.
There is a shower with 9 shower heads upstairs. [I want that shower!!!]
They had electricity before anyone else.
They had art commissioned by artists all over the world. They had tile built by artists.
My great grandma always wondered why such a rich family would take the ribbons and wrapping paper from the presents received and rewrap new presents with the wrapping. Apparently, this is how a rich family stayed rich in those days, no doubt!
Places to stay and other options for sightseeing....
The last few times we have stayed overnight in Duluth, we stayed at the following places: Comfort Inn in West Duluth, The Chalet on London Road, The Radisson.
The Comfort Inn is just off of 35W just after the exit to Superior, Wisconsin. When we stayed there, it was clean and fairly inexpensive. The Chalet is on London Road and is just a place to sleep, meaning no special frills. It is what you need to sleep: a bed, a television, a shower. If you want all the comfies, just across the road is the Edgewater, which has pools, patios, a view of Lake Superior, game room,etc., but you will pay for these amenities. The Radisson has a revolving restaurant on the top. You sit to eat and by the time you’ve finished your meal, you’ve rotated a full 360 degrees and had a nice view of Duluth the entire time.
Places to see in Duluth are the Duluth Zoo, the Aquarium, The Irvin, The Depot, Fitgers Brewery, Leif Eriksen Park, Lake Superior, Canal Park, Canal Park Museum.
When you arrive from the south, the view from the top of the hill is amazing. The Aerial Bridge is the first landmark that you will notice on the edge of Lake Superior.The city is draped over the side of the hill and runs along the lake.
There is a high water mark on the road to the rest area. It is incredible to imagine that the water covered the road that is currently there. Lake Superior is a massive lake now, but apparently, according to that high water mark, is a mere puddle compared to its majesty of umpteen years ago.
Glensheen Mansion - Duluth, Minnesota
4719 Pitt Street - Lakeside - Duluth
Fitger's Brewery - Pickwick
Down by Canal Park
Turn of Century Houses
Glensheen Mansion on London Road
My History and Involvement With Duluth
I have included a few pictures of places I have been. My grandma's house on Pitt Street. I have eaten a burger at the Fitger's Brewery and Tap. It was delicious and the beer was cold. When I was a child, my father would take a trip down to the Aerial Bridge and we'd look at the sights. As a small child, I was more concerned with falling through the drain grates in the bridge than in looking at the scenery, but I was much shorter then.
Now, it is interesting to visit the bridge, see the museum, watch the boats come into the canal and to see the millions of seagulls swirl about as they beg for morsels of food from people walking about.