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The Duluth Pack has its humble roots in a poor French-Canadian named Camille Poirer, who made his way west to Duluth. Arriving here in 1870 with his "little stock of leather and tools", he began a small shoe store and quickly made a go of it in this booming frontier town on the shores of Gitchi Gummi. On December 12, 1882, Camille filed for a patent on a new type of packsack. It was a canvas sack that closed with a buckled flap, had new-fangled shoulder straps in addition to the traditional tumpline, a revolutionary sternum strap and an umbrella holder (for portable shade in this newly cutover country). Known then as the Poirer pack, this northwoods classic is referred to today as the original Duluth Pack.

In 1911, Camille sold off the pack business to the new Duluth Tent and Awning Company. We opened shop on 1610 West Superior Street in the then bustling West End. (You can still find us at this address.) In addition to the packs, we made countless awnings for booming Duluth businesses. Remember, during the early 1900s there were more millionaires per capita in Duluth than in any other town in America. Duluth had lumber barons, shipping magnates, railroad tycoons and big shots in the iron ore business. Our early catalogs feature hay wagon covers, cots, wall tents and heavy canvas aprons for working blacksmiths.

America was changing. The Roaring 20s found the common man with more money and leisure time. Auto-camping became the rage, and hoards of adventure-hungry sportsman and fun-loving families headed for the hinterlands. Duluth Tent & Awning responded by creating the "auto-pack" that clamped on to the running boards of a touring car to carry extra gear. We also made canvas tents that attached to a car to create the first "mobile home".

Duluth Pack has always made rugged packs for working people. This was certainly the case in the 1940s with the introduction of our Cruiser packs. They were the perfect field pack for the timber cruisers who snowshoed countless miles through the great North Woods grading lumber for the logging companies. Built narrow and in the box style, they could haul a load yet slip easily between thick brush. We still make the cruisers which are popular with hunters.

The 1960s and 70s brought us into the age of jet travel and folks had even more leisure time. Durable luggage was once again a necessity. Though we had been manufacturing bags for big companies like Gokey's and Orvis since the 50s, Duluth Tent & Awning decided to introduced its own line of heavy duty canvas and leather Sportsman's Luggage. It was an instant hit.

In June of 1991 we opened a tiny "hole-in-the-wall" retail store in Duluth's Canal Park...a revitalized warehouse district on the waterfront. We quickly expanded three times and finally built our 5000 square-foot flagship store a few doors down...opening in April of 1998. Stop in and see us when you visit the Head of the Lakes in Duluth, Minnesota!
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Safari Duffel Bag Made in USA by Duluth Pack
Safari Duffel Bag Made in USA by Duluth Pack
Price: $155.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Tri-Fold Wallet American Made Wallet
Tri-Fold Wallet American Made Wallet
Price: $60.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Magnet Money Clip American Made
Magnet Money Clip American Made
Price: $40.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Money Clip Wallet American made
Money Clip Wallet American made
Price: $25.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
ID Window Money Clip American Made
ID Window Money Clip American Made
Price: $40.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Magnet Money Clip Made in USA
Magnet Money Clip Made in USA
Price: $20.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Business Card Holder American made
Business Card Holder American made
Price: $14.95
Brand: Duluth Pack
Duluth Pack Credit Card Holder
Duluth Pack Credit Card Holder
Price: $35.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Duluth Pack Bison Leather Bifold Wallet
Duluth Pack Bison Leather Bifold Wallet
Price: $70.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Duluth Pack Bison Leather Trifold Wallet
Duluth Pack Bison Leather Trifold Wallet
Price: $70.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Duluth Pack Mens American Made Leather Belt
Duluth Pack Mens American Made Leather Belt
Price: $50.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Sportsman's Kit/Toiletry Bag Made by Duluth Pack Made in USA
Sportsman's Kit/Toiletry Bag Made by Duluth Pack Made in USA
Price: $115.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Original Duluth Pack Canoe Pack Made in America
Original Duluth Pack Canoe Pack Made in America
Price: $205.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Banana Bike Bag American Made by Duluth Pack
Banana Bike Bag American Made by Duluth Pack
Price: $135.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Bison Leather Sportsmans Duffel Made in USA
Bison Leather Sportsmans Duffel Made in USA
Price: $495.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Canoe Thwart Bag Model II Made in America
Canoe Thwart Bag Model II Made in America
Price: $95.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Duluth pack Hanging Kit & Toiletry Bag American Made
Duluth pack Hanging Kit & Toiletry Bag American Made
Price: $175.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Duluth Traveler's Portfolio Bag Made in USA
Duluth Traveler's Portfolio Bag Made in USA
Price: $240.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
Sparky Bag Backpack Made by Duluth Pack American Made
Sparky Bag Backpack Made by Duluth Pack American Made
Price: $315.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
American Made Deluxe Daypack - Backpack Made by Duluth Pack
American Made Deluxe Daypack - Backpack Made by Duluth Pack
Price: $250.00
Brand: Duluth Pack
American Made Bedroll / Campers Roll Made by Duluth Pack
American Made Bedroll / Campers Roll Made by Duluth Pack
Brand: Duluth Pack
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