Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 27

*April 27, 1895 – The opening of the Hastings Spiral Bridge was commemorated on this date.

Erected 1895                                                                             Demolished 1951

Hastings Spiral Bridge Only One of Its Kind in America 

“April 27 1895 eight thousand people commemorated the opening of the new "High Wagon Bridge" across the Mississippi River.

It was built in seven months at a cost of $39,050 by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Works of Milwaukee, replacing the inadequate rope ferry which served the city of 3,848 people and its trade area.

Four men claim credit for its design. The traditional straight approach by-passed the business area, thus this spiral ramp deposited off-coming traffic at the foot of Sibley Street half a block from the city's commercial district.

Motorized heavier traffic required a new bridge completed in 1951, at a cost of $2,500,000. Efforts to save the spiral approach failed.”

Hastings Spiral Bridge Memorial, Hastings, Minn.

Spiral Bridge 1895 - 1951

This footing is all that remains of the unique bridge that once spanned this river.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 27, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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