History Of The Oliver Bridge

As U.S. Steel announced plans to build a massive plant in what would become the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth in the early 1900s, there also was talk of building a new bridge across the St. Louis River in large part to serve that facility. In February 1908, the News Tribune reported work on the…
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The History Of The Interstate Bridge

The first two bridges to link Duluth and Superior — the St. Louis Bay and Grassy Point bridges — provided a path for trains to cross between the two cities. A temporary bridge provided a seasonal streetcar link. But into the 1890s, the communities still relied on ferries to carry pedestrians most of the year.…
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Temporary Streetcar Bridge Linking Duluth And Superior, 1890s

The first bridge to link Duluth and Superior was the St. Louis Bay Bridge, opened in 1885 by the Northern Pacific Railway. Next up was the Grassy Point Bridge, built in 1887. But both those bridges were for trains. Pedestrians and streetcar riders still needed to use ferries to cross between the two cities —…
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First Street At Chester Creek, 1960

Many drivers who travel on East First Street between 14th and 13th avenues East probably have no idea┬áthat they’re driving over Chester Creek, channeled in a tunnel far underground. Pedestrians know — it’s hard to miss the sound of the creek’s rushing waters as it angles beneath the street and on down to Lake Superior.…
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St. Louis Bay Bridge

Last fall, the News Tribune produced a “premium section” for its print subscribers, focused on the maritime heritage of the Twin Ports. As part of that section, I compiled a history of all the bridges linking Duluth and Superior, past and present. Now that a few months have gone by, I thought I’d share those…
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