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Jun142014

History Crumbling Before Our Eyes

Everything was fine last Sunday morning (June 8).  We were crossing the Stone Arch Bridge on our way to check out the eagles nest perched in a cottonwood tree where Main Street NE terminates just prior to the 35W Bridge. I remember stopping to point out all the greenery growing atop the old 10th Avenue bridge piling, which hasn't noticeably changed in condition for at least the past few years.  And then Thursday night (June 12) when we were out for a walk Dave noticed it fell apart:

Historic Pier Collapses, from the Minneapolis Riverfront

Historic Pier Collapses, from the Minneapolis Riverfront

Historic Pier Collapses, from the Minneapolis Riverfront

Dave took the below pictures in April, 2012:

Last Remnants of the Original 10th Ave Bridge on the Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront

Last Remnants of the Original 10th Ave Bridge on the Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront

The Minnesota Historical Society is an excellent resource for locating pictures of Minneapolis in the 1800's.  Here are a few pictures of the 10th Avenue Bridge when it was in use (note Spirit Island in the background):

Original 10th Ave Bridge on the Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront

The Original 10th Ave Bridge from 1888  on the Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront

Steve Brandt of the Star Trib posted an interesting article on the history of the bridge, Peer at this Minneapolis bridge pier while you still can, on June 12.

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