These days, it takes about a week for a ship to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth, a 2,342-mile journey winding through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes to the western tip of Lake Superior.
The Port of Duluth-Superior serves as a transportation epicenter, connecting railroads and interstates with the marine “highway” used to ferry millions of tons of cargo around the world. Duluth-Superior is the 19th-largest U.S. port in terms of tonnage handled, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — a rather unusual feat for a shipping hub located in the landlocked Midwest.
This piqued the interest of one reader, who wondered: Is Duluth the farthest inland port in North America? The query is the latest in the Star Tribune’s Curious Minnesota series, a community-driven reporting project that invites readers into the newsroom to ask the questions they want answered.
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