A History Of The Bong Bridge Linking Duluth And Superior

Heavier-than-expected traffic on the High Bridge — particularly truck traffic — and the deterioration of the Arrowhead Bridge were among the reasons that city and state officials started looking at a new span linking West Duluth and Superior in the late 1960s. In 1973, federal officials approved the route of the new high bridge carrying…
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The History Of The Blatnik Bridge

It wasn’t long after the opening of the Arrowhead Bridge in 1927 that Duluth and Superior city officials and residents started chafing at the limitations — and the tolls — of the old Interstate Bridge, which still carried most vehicle traffic between the two cities. Duluth formed a citizens’ committee to look into ways of…
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History Of The Arrowhead Bridge

In the mid-1920s, complaints about delays in crossing the Interstate Bridge were mounting. Aside from the distant Oliver Bridge, it was the only option for vehicles to cross between Duluth and Superior. In 1925, a private firm called the Twin Ports Bridge Co. sought approval from Congress for a new cross-border span linking Superior to the…
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First Street In Downtown Duluth, Circa 1960

This undated photo from the News Tribune files shows a glimpse of downtown Duluth from about 1960. (I’m not an expert on cars — so if the vehicles suggest a different date, please let me know) The caption on the back of the photo says “one-way streets” – so perhaps the photo was taken soon…
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A Brief History Of The Aerial Lift Bridge

The construction of the Duluth ship canal in 1871 may have opened a new route into the Duluth-Superior harbor — but it also cut off land access to the vibrant community on Park Point. Rowboats and ferries — and several temporary rope-and-plank suspension bridges — were used to bridge the gap. By the 1890s, the…
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