I wasn’t always a fan of Dylan, but I appreciate him a lot more than I used to, especially as I’ve gotten older.
If you ever find yourself in Dylan’s hometown of Duluth, then make sure to walk around downtown where you can follow the 1.8 mile Bob Dylan Way. Ten years ago the Minnesota city designated a cultural pathway to honor their native son. Citizens created and installed thirty street signs to mark the pathway. According to reviews, that’s exactly what it is…a bunch of street signs…oh, and a couple of decorative manhole covers. An exhibit about the path is located at Fitger’s Brewery on Superior Street. The most historic thing you see along the walk is the Old Armory, where Bob Dylan saw Buddy Holly in January of 1959. Diehard fans have to leave the path to see the plain duplex on North Third Avenue where Dylan was born and lived on the second floor until the age of six. The house is supposedly owned by a Dylan devotee, although it has not been turned into a museum. There is also no sign or plaque. Duluth does have a Bob Dylan Fest, which is going on right now, during his birthday week.