Amy is asking us to choose a day in our week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. The busiest day in my week spent visiting Duluth was when we took a train ride along the north shore, but first we decided to check out the city from a more lofty elevation. Enger Tower, perched high above Duluth on the scenic Skyline Parkway, gives a grand view of the surrounding area. This 80-foot tall, 5 story observation tower was built as a tribute to Norwegian businessman and philanthropist, Bert Enger, and was first dedicated by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway in 1939. It has undergone some restoration work since then and it is now open to anyone willing to climb the stairs. I made it to the top and was rewarded with a panoramic view of the Twin Ports including the aerial lift bridge and further, towards North Shore.
At the foot of Enger Tower lies Enger Park and within that is a small Japanese Garden featuring a Peace Bell, the gift of Duluth’s sister city of Ohara-Isumi.
After our tour of Enger Park we drove back into the heart of the city to the historic Duluth Train Depot. The station was built in 1892 and served 7 different rail lines. It now houses the Lake Superior Railroad Museum which was opened in 1973. From here you can take a ride on one of the scenic railroad excursion trains, but more on that in a bit. First we checked out everything in the museum, inside the trains and out.
We ended our day with a 90-minute ride, with drinks and nibbles, in the observation car of the Duluth Zephyr, along the shoreline to just past the Glensheen Mansion. The trip, made at a sedate pace, gave plenty of opportunity to see the sights in comfort.
The Enger Tower is impressive. So wonderful to have a Japanese garden in the park, that is a beautiful the bell. Enjoyed the tour of the history train.
Thank you for sharing your day with us. 🙂
Thank you, Amy! The bell, which we were permitted to strike, made quite a pleasing sound throughout the park.
I would like to visit the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.
It was well worth the visit and the train ride topped everything off nicely.
Great photos and I especially liked all those trains!
Thank you, Anne. Although my husband is the train enthusiast, I do enjoy having the opportunity to take pictures of something different and looking at these engines through the viewfinder of a camera made it much more interesting for me.
What a wonderful day Sue, and great photographs.
Many thanks, Anne!
You had a great day, I bet, Sue!!😊
Yes, indeed, Indira! After being close to home for so many months, it was wonderful to go further afield and see something different.
The railroad museum looks amazing Sue! We had a delicious breakfast in a railroad car restaurant in southern Delaware this past summer and it was really unique. People are so creative!
I’ve always enjoyed traveling by train, especially if it’s not going too fast to enjoy the scenery.
Sue – quite an experience!
And your sedate pace makes it sound and look even better
I was glad we got to sit on the lake side of the carriage as we got a splendid view of things.
I need to get back to Duluth! There’s more to see. : )
Yes, we really enjoyed our brief stay there.