Monday, September 29, 2014
The Stone Arch Bridge
These are two views of the famous Stone Arch Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and one view of St. Anthony Falls. It is hard to represent both objects well in just one photograph. The bridge built in 1883 is a former railroad bridge and it is the only arched bridge made of stone on the entire length of Mississippi River. The structure is now used as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, and it is an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. St. Anthony Falls was the only natural major waterfall on the Upper Mississippi River. The natural falls were replaced by a concrete overflow spillway after it partially collapsed in 1869. Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, a series of locks and dams was constructed to extend navigation to points upstream. This whole scene is just spectacular as you can see. How many cities have such an amazing view! Please click on the top photo and it should expand to fill your screen, where you can see so much more detail.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:55 PM