Centrally located on Duluth’s Skyline Parkway, “the Coppertop” is a regional landmark visible from land and lake. Duluth is a long, narrow city at the tip of Lake Superior, with a 600-foot elevation change between lake level and the airport at the top of the hill. The distinctive First United Methodist Church building, with its copper roof, sits on the edge of this drop, once the shoreline of glacial Lake Duluth. Locals and visitors alike use the church as a landmark.
At the midpoint of the city, the Coppertop is a meeting place for police cars and floral delivery trucks. When the moon is full over Lake Superior, photographers line the edge of parking lot for shots of the lake, the city, and the aerial lift bridge below. Travelers on the Lake Superior Circle Route stop to admire the gardens and the long view. Sailors on the Great Lake spot the Coppertop as their first glimpse of the city ahead.
People find this church from all over the region, from Willow River to Two Harbors, from Cloquet to Ashland, and from Park Point to Lakeside to Pike Lake. All are welcome to this family of faith at the area’s heart.