Duluth News Tribune article on Twin Ports by Trolley
The signs were telling him to stop procrastinating. So Aaron Isaacs got busy on another ambitious project five years ago that resulted in the 350-page history of streetcars and public transportation in Duluth and Superior. “Twin Ports By Trolley,” part quantitative history and part coffee table photography book, was published by the University of Minnesota Press and was released last fall.
It’s a gorgeous collection of early Duluth and Superior street scene photographs along with the most comprehensive look at the origins and growth of public transportation here. The photos kept Isaacs from creating just a wonky book for early transportation enthusiasts like himself, he said. He is also the author of the 2007 book “Twin Cities By Trolley.”
“I intentionally wanted crossover to the general history of Duluth,” he said. A book of text wasn’t going to appeal to most people, he said.
He had a wealth of material to choose from, part of why he felt compelled to finally take on the Twin Ports. His father is a founder of the Minnesota Transportation Museum that he’s been a part of for 40 years.