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Last week a part of Duluth, Minnesota’s historical waterfront disappeared. Harvey’s Mausoleum a.k.a. the cribs lost the pillar that stood between the shore and the main part of the Mausoleum. It took a while before folks realized that was missing.

Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was a popular spot for swimming in the summer and in recent years swimmers had attached a slack line between the pillar and the main structure entertaining tourists with their efforts.

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I assumed the pillar was solid concrete but , in fact, it was a wood frame timber structure sheathed in concrete. The concrete below the water had fallen away and the timbers apparently weakened. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad provided some underwater video of the fallen pillar. This photo was taken after the pillar disappeared.

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