Through the years, we’ve been honored to carry photos from Radiant Spirit Gallery at our retail store in Canal Park. The work by Dawn LaPointe has always impressed our customers. It seems that the world has noticed what we’ve known all along; Dawn’s image is going to be featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. starting in September!
Congratulations, Dawn & Radiant Spirit Gallery!
You can see more of their work at their website: http://www.radiantspiritgallery.com/
See the image (taken in the BWCA) below:
Camille Poirer created the first Duluth Pack in 1882. Twelve years before that, he set off to Duluth, MN (our flagship location) from St Paul, MN to start a new life. The trip took him four days “of very cold and suffering,” he wrote, starting Feb. 10th, 1870 and ending on Feb. 13th, 1870. 144 years ago today, he would have been on the 3rd day of his trek.
Poirer walked from St Paul to Hinckley, MN (a 76.6 mile, 25 hour walk) even though in 1856, he injured his leg in a wood-chopping accident, and it never fully recovered. From Hinckley onward, he rode up to Duluth via stagecoach.
Once he made it to Duluth, Poirer started a shoe shop on Lake Avenue and Superior Street.
In 1882, he was inspired by the voyageurs of the northland, and created a new style of “packsack” which would later be called the Duluth Pack.
Poirer died on October 17, 1919 in Duluth.
Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.
Today, the Duluth Pack factory got a visit from MN’s own, Congressman Rick Nolan. Our staff was honored by his visit to our 103 year old factory! Thank you, Congressman, for taking the time to learn more about Minnesota manufacturing. Come back any time!