In Bob We Trust: Bob Dylan’s Legacy Lives On in Duluth

Duluth Dylan Fest is underway this week. Fans flocked to his childhood home Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the iconic songwriter’s 76th birthday.

If you’re a diehard Dylan fan visiting Duluth, you won’t want to miss seeing this house while in the area. Born Robert Zimmerman in 1941, Bob Dylan’s family lived in the upper level of a duplex at 519 N. 3rd Ave. E. for six years before moving to Hibbing, MN.

The Duluth house was last reported owned by a Dylan devotee and on Dylan’s 75th birthday a small plaque was embedded in the front sidewalk inscribed with “In Bob We Trust.”

Dylan, known for his hits Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin’ became a poetic advocate for the Civil Rights and anti-war movements.

In May 2006, the City of Duluth designated a cultural pathway in honor of the native son to commemorate his 65th birthday. Since then, a group of citizens raised private dollars to create and install 30 street signs to mark the pathway.

The 1.8-mile Bob Dylan Way winds through Duluth’s downtown, extending from Michigan Street at 5th Ave. W. to 15th Ave. E. and London Rd. It follows segments of three major arteries: Michigan St., Superior St. and London Rd. (Historical Highway 61) linking cultural landmarks from the Depot to the Armory.

An exhibit outlining Bob Dylan Way is located at Fitger’s at 600 E. Superior St. in Duluth.