07-0627R


RESOLUTION ACCEPTING A GIFT OF LAND FROM THE DAUGHTERS OF LIBERTY AND GREYSOLON DU LHUT CHAPTERS OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT 133RD AVENUE WEST AND SECOND STREET; DEDICATING THE PROPERTY AS A PASSIVE PARK AND NAMING THE SITE HISTORICAL PARK.

BY COUNCILOR REINERT:

     RESOLVED, that the city acknowledges the historical significance of the site of John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Trading Company.

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to accept a quit claim deed for Lot 39, FOND DU LAC SECOND STREET, as a gift from both the Daughters of Liberty Chapter and the Greysolon du Lhut Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

     RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Duluth City Council hereby permanently dedicates this property as a passive city park and names this site “Historical Park.”


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to accept the transfer of ownership of Lot 39, FOND DU LAC SECOND STREET, to the city. The two Duluth Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have each owned a one half undivided interest in Lot 39 since 1927. This lot commemorates the site of John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company Trading Post and the site of the signing of the first Ojibway Treaty in Minnesota. The site consists of one lot (40 feet x 120 feet) which has a glacial boulder with a commemorative plaque mounted on it, plus a flag pole and two stone benches. The city, at the request of the Duluth chapters of the DAR has performed various maintenance to this site and immediate surrounds for 30+ years. Due to the DAR’s lack of resources to properly maintain this site, it is now their desire to deed this property to the city as a gift in perpetuity and for the city to continue ongoing maintenance efforts.

 

At their meeting on September 13, 2006, the parks and recreation commission voted in support of accepting title to this property from the DAR and perpetually dedicating it as official park land.

 

In exchange, the Duluth chapters require that this action permanently dedicate this site as a passive city park and rename this site as “Historical Park.” Also, that the city create and erect a sign on this site, prominently displayed, which shows the park’s new name and recognizes this property as a gift from the Duluth, Minnesota, Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 2007.