Upon hearing that I’m going to Minnesota, my excellent detectorist buddy Kenth Lärk sent me some scans of postcards from Duluth that his emigrant uncle sent home to Sweden in the early 1910s. I particularly like this image of the 1892 Union Depot, as the architecture is similar to that of the station houses along the Saltsjöbanan commuter railway that I’ve been riding for most of my life. It was built in the early 1890s, at a time when American architecture was en vogue in Sweden — but in the US, the style is known as “French château”. New Englanders will instantly feel at home in the oldest part of Saltsjöbaden.
The Union Depot still stands. It’s on the National Register of Historic Buildings and functions as a county heritage and arts center, also letting space for private events.
Photograph by Steve Johnson.