Photo Friday - Stone Arch Bridge

It's Friday, and I've decided that Friday's are going to be fun and photography related. Last week I showcased some fun photoblogs. Today, I'm going to showcase some of our own pictures from around the Twin Cities community.

Stone Arch Bridge

The first post is going to be about the Stone Arch Bridge. The Stone Arch Bridge crosses the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls, between the 3rd Avenue Bridge and the I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridgein downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was built originally in 1883 by railroad tycoon James J. Hill to be railroad bridge for his Great Northern Railway. There was also a passenger station on the west bank of the river.

Stone Arch Bridge

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 as a part of the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District. The bridge ceased to be used as a railroad bridge in 1978 (or 1965? I found two different dates for this) and fell into a period of disuse. It was repaired and adapted in the early 1990s to be a pedestrian bridge, which is its present use. As part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, the bridge is very popular with walkers and bikers.

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