Aerial Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

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1. SHIP CANAL THROUGH MINNESOTA POINT IN THE VICINITY OF DULUTH,MN
1. SHIP CANAL THROUGH MINNESOTA POINT IN THE VICINITY OF DULUTH,MN
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Location of Structure: About 600-700 Lake Ave South on Minnesota Point, Duluth, Mn, USA Western end of Lake Superior
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Duluth, Minnesota
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St Louis County, Minnesota
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Duluth St Louis

1. SHIP CANAL THROUGH MINNESOTA POINT IN THE VICINITY OF DULUTH,MN Image:Liftbridge.jpg


2. PROPOSALS TO BRIDGE THE MINNESOTA POINT SHIP CANAL


3. CONSTRUCTION OF THE AERIAL FERRY BRIDGE (1902-1905) Eve Herald 08-06-1904 Construction work on the new aerial bridge is underway, and the longed for sight of the towers rising above the piers can be witnessed . . expect to have the north tower completed within a couple of weeks if all goes well . . last Tue we set up the first uprights for the tower which was the first work of actual errecting. The north pier is piled high with huge steel girders and trusses, and a number of pieces have been taken across the canal on a scow, and unloaded on the south pier. . the (above picture) shows the work on the first day devoted to the actual construction. The two uprights and the cross beam were errected in about 2hr on Tues afternoon.

Eve Herald 11-17-04 (pic) Aerial Bridge connecting beam about to be put into place photo by Crandall & Maher . . workmen . . seen standing on the swinging beam . . 180ft above the canal.

Eve Herald 11-15-04 Bridge Truss is finally connected . . one of the big 46ft beams connecting the two arms of the truss of the ferry bridge was lowered into place three minutes after 11 o’clock this morning . . as the beam was being lowered into position, and before either end had touched the projecting arms of the truss, one of the workmen jumped on the swinging girder, 185ft above the canal, and running across, stepped on to the other arm of the truss . . “ We have finally succeeded in getting rid of the stretch” said Supt Lowrey . . the east side of the upper chord is now connected, and the west side will go in this afternoon, if all goes well . . engineers . . got rid of the sag . . put wedges under the falsework, elevating it slightly . . stay bolts on rear supports of the towers were tightened . . guy ropes were tightened from the tops of the towers. Remaining part of the cantilever work is simple, and work should be completed within a few days. The truss will then be riveted, then nothing will remain to be done but to hang the car and install the machinery.

Eve Herald 03-24-05 Duluth’s aerial ferry bridge is now complete and ready for operation, and will probably be running regularly on Monday morning. Several trips were made by car this morning . . city officials . . across & back . . minute and 40 seconds across, minute and 52 seconds back

4. BRIDGE RELATED (1905-1929) Eve Herald 06-12-05 After winning $25 bet by climbing to top of aerial bridge . . shouting and waving hat from top chord 190ft above canal, Peter Gordon, 38yr old painter . . compelled to pay $15 to court . . action condemned by judge. Eve Herald 07-29-16 Jim Ten Eyck saves life of HL Dresser . . more than 100 Duluthians last evening saw an automobile somersault from the aerial bridge, pushing a horse and wagon ahead of it . . and saw Jemes E Ten Eyck rescue . . HL Dresser . . the car lunged into the rear of the wagon . . crushed the horse against the iron gates . . snapped sending the horse, wagon, automobile into the waters of the canal . . first serious mishap that has been recorded on the bridge in its 12 yrs of service.

5. ALTERATION INTO THE AERIAL LIFT BRIDGE (1929-XX)


6. BRIDGE RELATED (1929-XX)

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