Friday, July 25, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota history: July 25

July 25, 1984 – Built in 1889, St. Paul’s High Bridge was closed to all traffic, vehicular and pedestrian, on this date. A bridge in Ohio of similar construction had recently collapsed, and engineers determined the bridge had deteriorated to such a point, that the same thing could happen here.

*Original St. Paul High Bridge – circa 1890 – Crosses the Mississippi River

The current bridge was built and opened in 1987 at a cost of $20 million. The ornamental ironwork on the new bridge was built using iron from the old bridge.

The High Bridge has a height of 160 feet, making it the highest bridge in St. Paul.

**St. Paul High Bridge Today


**Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain July 25, 2014, as long as acknowledgement included.

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