Director: Duluth Depot Adding Tours to its ItineraryDepot Executive Director Mary Tennis said bringing tours to the historic train depot was "glaringly obvious."
By: Brady Slater | October 25, 2019
Beginning with a Ghost Tour on Wednesday, the Depot will begin hosting regular tours of the historic facility on West Michigan Street in downtown Duluth.
Mary Tennis announced the move during an interview with the News Tribune earlier this week. Tennis started in July as the executive director of the Depot, in charge of the St. Louis County-owned facility that eight other entities call home.
Tennis and the other organizational directors within the Depot have been involved in a strategic planning process since her taking over in July. Adding tours was a natural and easy move, Tennis said.
"It was so obvious from a visitors' perspective," she said. "This place can be very dense and people don't always understand where to go or what's here and what's everywhere. Feedback from tenants was instantaneous: they wanted a visitor experience that was transparent, so I thought tours."
The Halloween-inspired tour is being hosted in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Duluth Paranormal Society. Described by Tennis as "a pilot," future tours are certain to follow, she added, with popular ones repeating.
Tennis nodded to the popularity of tours at UMD's Glensheen and the success of the commercial Duluth Experience Tour Co. as inspirations to move the Depot in that direction. The position occupied by Tennis was created by the county board earlier this year with a mandate to improve attendance and coordinate among the tenants to promote with a common interest in mind.
Tenants at the Depot include the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth Art Institute, North Shore Scenic Railroad, The Duluth Playhouse, Minnesota Ballet, Arrowhead Chorale and Matinee Musicale.