Duluth is one of the largest cities in Minnesota. Duluth is in the northeastern part of the state. It lies on the western shore of Lake Superior. It is at the point where the St. Louis River flows into the lake and forms a natural harbor. Duluth’s metropolitan area is formed by Carlton and St. Louis counties in Minnesota and Douglas County in Wisconsin.
Duluth is built on a steep slope above the shore of Lake Superior. Duluth is a transportation center for products of the upper Midwest. The St. Lawrence Seaway links the Atlantic Ocean to the Duluth-Superior harbor. Duluth’s most famous landmark, the Aerial Lift Bridge, crosses the Duluth ship canal. In addition to shipping, the city’s industries include tourism and education. Duluth is also a major medical center. Duluth International Airport, railroads, bus systems, and highways serve the city.
The Duluth region is an attractive vacation center. The city’s slope is the setting for the Spirit Mountain ski area. Duluth is well situated for hunting, fishing, sailing, and hiking. The Depot—a restored railroad terminal—houses museums, performing arts organizations, and other exhibition space.
Duluth was named for Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Duluth (or Du Lhut), a French explorer and trader who visited the region in 1679. The city has a mayor-council form of government.