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"The Cribs" on Ice

Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum, otherwise known as "The Cribs" by many locals, is a landmark in Duluth, Minnesota's canal park for which there are conflicting stories of its origin. There are some who believe it was a prohibition era underground casino while others hold it was merely used as storage for a fishing dock.

But, the real story is more likely much less romantic. A sign near the ruins describes the building as a business venture gone bad. It was constructed in 1919 by Harvey Whitney, the locations' namesake to be used as a sand and gravel hopper to support the booming industrial expansion in Duluth, MN during that time. After just three short years, it was abandoned in 1922.

Today, it is home to nesting gulls and a destination for scuba divers and those who are brave enough to climb it and jump into Lake Superior.

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