Duluth is a town in and the county seat of St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 86,918. It is a seaport at the westernmost point on Lake Superior, perhaps farther from the ocean than any other seaport. It is linked to the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes and then either the Erie Canal/New York State Barge Canal or the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
Duluth forms a single metropolitan area with Superior, Wisconsin, called the Twin Ports. The two cities share a harbor and are one of the most important ports on the Great Lakes. Among the items shipped out are iron ore (taconite) and grain. Both cities have museums devoted to the local nautical heritage. A major destination for tourists is the Aerial Lift Bridge spanning the short canal into Duluth's harbor. It is a vertical lift bridge made even more unique by the fact that it was originally built as an exceedingly rare aerial transfer bridge.
The city is named for Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, the first known European explorer of the area.
The northern terminus of Interstate 35 is in Duluth. The highway extends south through the state to the Twin Cities, although it continues its southerly course to the city of Laredo, Texas.
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