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  Duluth's Area Lift Bridge
The Aerial Lift Bridge, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Minnesota, was constructed in 1904-1905 as the Aerial Ferry Bridge.
At that time, the bridge operators moved from running the gondola to working in the control house in the center of the span.
Aerial photograph of the bridge, by Wayne Gatlin
www.duluth.lib.mn.us /History/Bridge.html   (272 words)

 Aerial Lift Bridge - Article from FactBug.org - the fast Wikipedia mirror site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The Aerial Lift Bridge (earlier known as the Aerial Bridge or Aerial Ferry Bridge) is a major landmark in the port city of Duluth, Minnesota.
The span is a vertical lift bridge, which is rather uncommon, but it began life as an extremely rare aerial transfer bridge—the first of just two such bridges ever constructed in the United States.
The bridge spans a small man-made canal that was put through the thin but long sand bar named Minnesota Point in 1870–71 (the natural mouth of the St. Louis River is about seven miles (11 km) farther southeast, and is split between Minnesota and Wisconsin).
www.factbug.org /cgi-bin/a.cgi?a=1300255   (875 words)

 Architecture of the Aerial Lift Bridge - Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
Because of urbanization on both sides of the channel, a traditional bridge was not possible as the approaches would have needed to be extremely long, reducing the utility of the structure.
This type of bridge has the same steel arch as a lift bridge, but instead of having a stable road surface moving up and down, it has a smaller platform that slides from one bank to the other suspended by a latticework of steel trusses.
Aerial transfer bridges are exceedingly rare in North America, though not entirely unheard of in Europe.
glasssteelandstone.com /US/MN/DuluthAerialLiftBridge.html   (450 words)

 Lift bridge Information
A lift bridge or vertical lift bridge is a type of movable bridge in which a span rises vertically while remaining parallel with the deck.
The counterweights in a vertical lift are only required to be equal to the weight of the deck, whereas bascule bridge counterweights must weigh several times more than the span being lifted.
The biggest disadvantage to the lift bridge is the height restriction that results from the deck being above the passageway.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/Lift_bridge   (214 words)

 City of Hancock: Portage Lake Bridge History - Lift Bridge
By September 30, 1875, the turntable for the swing section arrived on the Cuyahoga, and by January, 1876, the bridge was in use.
It was decided to build what would be become the worlds heaviest aerial lift bridge, which was under construction by 1959, just to the West of the then current bridge.
That incident not withstanding, the new Portage Lake Lift Bridge continues to well serve the area, as the possibility of adding yet another new bridge may be explored.
www.cityofhancock.com /history-bridge.html   (1086 words)

 National Register of Historic Places - Aerial Lift Bridge
Although originally designed and currently configured as a vertical lift bridge, the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth began life as an aerial transfer bridge, an extremely rare type inspired by the only other such structure in the world – a suspended car bridge at Rouen, France.
The need for a bridge here first arose in 1871, when Duluth residents dug through the narrow slit of land known as Minnesota Point to create a harbor at the head of the Great Lakes.
In 1929 the bridge was modified to accommodate a growing population on the Point and increasing tourist traffic.
nrhp.mnhs.org /property_overview.cfm?PropertyID=22   (300 words)

 Duluth Shipping News Aerial Lift Bridge Rehab Page
Workers were unable to attach the chains and lift the bridge on Sunday morning.
When I boomed over the bridge this afternoon, all I could see was long underwear hanging in the warm-up shack on the top of the north side of the bridge.
January 19, 2000: All of the parts of the bridge that are to be replaced or reworked have been removed.
www.duluthshippingnews.com /bridge/album.html   (1643 words)

 Skating the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
The bridge was designed to support a gondola that would hang from the top rail and be dragged from one side to the other.
In 1930, the current drive-across portion of the bridge (the part that lifts in the air) was substituted for the hanging gondola.
The bridge is not very high off the water, so few boats can pass without first lifting the bridge.
www.skatelog.com /countries/us/mn/duluth-bridge.htm   (398 words)

 Duluth Harbor Canal Park, Aerial Lift Bridge & Shipping Museum
The Aerial Lift Bridge anchors Canal Park and the beginning of this portion of the Lakewalk.
Here the bridge lifts to allow an excursion boat to pass through the canal to the inner harbor on its return from a cruise out on the big lake.
The bridge is an equal opportunity worker, raising as promptly for a 25 foot pleasure sailboat as it does for a huge commercial 1000 foot Laker.
www.superiortrails.com /duluth_lake-2.html   (218 words)

 MPR: Up and down on a 33-year ride
The pilot house is built into the middle of the aerial lift bridge, on the upper part of the section that lifts into the air.
Duluth, Minn. — The aerial lift bridge is all big steel beams and cross beams, sort of like an Eiffel Tower on its side.
When the bridge is up, it clears the way for ships in the narrow canal between Lake Superior and the harbor.
news.minnesota.publicradio.org /features/2005/03/28_kelleherb_bridgedriver   (789 words)

 JS Online: City bridges love, hate for its icon
But it's hard to imagine any bridge as revered as this harbor city's beloved Aerial Lift Bridge, the arching iron icon that reassures residents, delights visitors, embraces ships and which this summer marks its 100th birthday with a celebration that will last all summer.
Long before that the city began considering a bridge to move traffic over the canal, even hosting a bridge design contest in 1892, but it was not until 1904 that the city contracted with Modern Steel Construction Co. of Waukesha to build the intricate design of a Minneapolis engineer.
That bridge served Duluth until 1929, long after the advent of the automobile had convinced the city a new aerial bridge would be needed.
www.jsonline.com /story/index.aspx?id=332726&format=print   (1150 words)

 Aerial Lift Bridge :: Lake Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota, United States :: Glass Steel and Stone
The first bridge in this location was an aerial transfer bridge.
Every year visting the Duluth area one of the spots that I love to see is not only the lake front, but watching the ore boats come in under the lift bridge.
I remember standing underneath the bridge as it was descending, and feeling terrified that is was going to crush me. But, Dad said it would just fine, and, of course, it was.
www.glasssteelandstone.com /BuildingDetail/402.php   (771 words)

 Bridge photos, Bridge postcards -- Bridgepix.com
In 1930, it was reinforced and upgraded to become a colossal lift bridge, which still functions today.
The Harbor Cruise sails under the Aerial Lift Bridge for a driveby tour of Downtown Duluth on Lake Superior.
The Vista Fleet Harbor Cruise is fantastic for a bridging enthusiast providing great vantage points for pictures of the Aerial Lift Bridge, the Minnesota Slip Bridge, the Duluth-Superior High Bridge, the Interstate Bridge, the Bong Bridge, and the Duluth Ore Docks with Railroad Trestles.
www.bridgepix.com /bridgeblog/?p=13   (848 words)

 Historic Bridges of the United States
This is a database of historic bridges in the United States of America, past and present.
In addition, Jason is seeking information on the Continental Bridge Co. of Chicago, the builder of the Chimney Rock Bridge (1906).
One of the few remaining swinging bridges in Mississippi, Byram's Swinging Bridge in Hinds County, has been closed to pedestrians after it was damaged by vandalism.
bridges.midwestplaces.com   (1270 words)

 Bridgemeister - Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
This lift bridge, completed 1930, replaced a transporter bridge (the original Duluth "Aerial Bridge", one of only two transporter bridges ever built in the United States).
Sailboat sneaking through as the lift portion is descending.
Folks standing under the lift portion, enjoying the low clearance, as it finishes a descent.
www.bridgemeister.com /pic.php?pid=1634   (50 words)

 Aerial Lift Bridge Duluth Minnesota photo 104765 by John S Murray
Aerial Lift Bridge Duluth Minnesota photo 104765 by John S Murray
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Aerial Lift Bridge  - Duluth, Minnesota    ; 104765
johnsmurrayphotography.homestead.com /photo104765.html   (89 words)

 Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth - Reviews of Aerial Lift Bridge - IgoUgo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The Lift bridge is a major land mark in the city of Duluth.
I found this bridge to bee unique in that it is a road, which crosses the water, but the only way ANY boat can cross is to lift the whole road up into the air.
It is not like most lift bridges you see over the water that lifts up and makes an opening at the top, splitting the road in half.
www.igougo.com /travelcontent/journalEntryActivity.aspx?Mode=2&ReviewID=1275918   (347 words)

 Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Guides and Information
This lift bridge, completed 1930, replaced a transporter bridge (the original Duluth...
Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge Slides, Postcards and Photographs from the collections of the Duluth Public Library
Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Lake Superior Historic Landmark Duluth...
www.daily-diversions.com /lifts/Duluth-Aerial-Lift-Bridge.php   (361 words)

 University of Minnesota Duluth Athletics
The recently-renovated and historic Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, arguably one of the top college hockey complexes in the country has served as the Bulldogs' home for 40 years.
Located on the waterfront near Duluth's famous Aerial Lift Bridge and Canal Park, the "DECC," has become a landmark in its somewhat short history.
Built in 1966 at a cost of $6.5 million, the Arena portion of the complex houses a 190-by-85 foot hockey rink with 5,494 seats (all with great sightlines)--and approximately 100 standing room, and six locker rooms, including the recently-remodeled $2 million locker room facility now occupied by the men and women Bulldogs.
www.umdbulldogs.com /facilities   (766 words)

 Twin Ports Artists Create Designs in Glassware to Commemorate Aerial Lift Bridge Centennial   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
With the famed Aerial Lift Bridge turning 100 years old 2 local artists have been inspired to create works depicting the iconic bridge.
The Aerial bridge was completed in 1905 to connect the Island of Park Point with the mainland of Duluth.Originally designed as a ferry bridge its first 20 the bridge operated horizontally instead of vertically.
Along with local artists creating works to honor the bridge nearly 50 festivals and events will happen this summer in celebration of the centennial.
www.emediawire.com /releases/2005/7/emw249977.htm   (274 words)

 Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
On Saturday, the bridge was jacked up about a foot so that workers could attach the newly hung cables to the bridge deck.
Above, workers make sure cars can pass over the slightly lifted bridge while below, workers set shims as they jack the bridge up.
Only one end of the bridge is done at a time.
www.duluthshippingnews.com /spages/bridge.html   (123 words)

 Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Lake Superior Historic Landmark Duluth Minnesota MN
We’d like to extend the same welcome to you from Solglimt, which stands in the just steps from our famous Aerial Lift Bridge.
For a century now, this massive steel structure—the only one like it in the world, in fact—has greeted huge, ocean-going freighters (“Salties” as we like to call them) and even larger “Lakers” carrying ore and coal to steel plants 2,000 miles to the east.
Rising to a height of 138 feet, our Aerial Lift Bridge allows even the largest of these vessels to pass through, dwarfing spectators who stand just a few feet away.
www.solglimt.com /bridge   (168 words)

 Aerial Lift Bridge Photo | TrekLens
The bridge is the entrance to the Duluth shipping port for ships arriving on Lake Superior.
It is a popular place for people to come and watch the arriving ships.
i love taking pictures of the bridge myself, i go on the ships alot that arrive through here, and this photo really is great!
www.treklens.com /gallery/North_America/United_States/photo193528.htm   (77 words)

 Aerial Lift Bridge and Lighthouse, Duluth, Minnesota on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Originally built in 1905 as a Transporter type bridge with a movable, suspended gondola, the Aerial Lift Bridge was converted in 1930 to a lift bridge.
This bridge marks the entrance from Lake Superior to the Duluth Harbor.
We have more than 12,000 images of other Bridges at www.Bridgepix.com.
www.flickr.com /photos/80651083@N00/131159264   (192 words)

 JS Online: City bridges love, hate for its icon
The Aerial Lift Bridge rises high over the Duluth ship canal on a stormy spring night.
The bridge, in its 100th year of operation, is said by some to be among the most photographed images in all of Minnesota.
Shepard Shurmur, 17 months old, plays with his own mini version of Duluths Aerial Lift Bridge, near the real thing.
www.jsonline.com /story/index.aspx?id=332726   (1259 words)

 Falkirk Wheel & Millennium Link Resource
August 2001: The Falkirk Wheel, heavy lift of the west caisson.
Historic Maps of the UK Contemporary Maps and aerial photographs of the UK The Forth and Clyde Canal Society's diagrammatic Map of the Canal.
The Swan and Bridge logo was used for the Millennium Project, and the logo of the biggest funder, The Millennium Commission.
www.gentles.info /link/Main_index.htm   (2484 words)

 Duluth Area Duplicate Bridge - Enjoy Duplicate Bridge near the Aerial Bridge
Duluth Area Duplicate Bridge - Enjoy Duplicate Bridge near the Aerial Bridge
There will be a group rate for bridge players.
Price will be about the same as it was in 2006.
www.freewebs.com /duluthbridge   (155 words)

 Aerial Lift Bridge. Canal Park. Visit Duluth.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
View of Aerial Lift Bridge from boat on Lake Superior, the Worlds Largest Freshwater Lake.
These are various Summer activities to do around the Willard Munger Inn.
At the head of the Willard Munger State Trail and at the base of Spirit Mountain.
www.mungerinn.com /duluth_hotel_15.html   (43 words)

 North Shore Minnesota MN Scenic Railroad Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
North Shore Minnesota MN Scenic Railroad Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
Built as a two-room cabin in 1910, this inn on Lake Superior has been renovated (at the capable hands of our innkeeper) to match, on the exterior, the style of a late-1800s Victorian seaside cottage.
Come visit and experience the sights and sounds of Duluth, Minnesota’s Scenic Railroad, Aerial Lift Bridge, North Shore on Lake Superior and much more.
www.solglimt.com /photos/index.html   (139 words)

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