If you ever have an opportunity to visit Duluth, Minnesota, do it. It’s quite an amazing little city on Lake Superior. During much of the twentieth century, the city was an industrial port town, with a cement plant, nail mill, wire mills, and the U.S. Steel plant. The population surged well above 100,000 residents, many of Finnish descent. But due to foreign competition, the steel plant closed in 1971. More closures soon followed, leaving an industrial complex scattered along the banks of Lake Superior.
Today, many local businesses have began the process of reclaiming some of these relics of the past in the name of tourism. Needless to say, Duluth is one of the most visually unique American cities that I have ever visited.