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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Bridges - Aerial Lift Bridge

A few years ago when my husband suggested we make a stop in Duluth, Minnesota, I thought, "Seriously?" But it turns out that it is a beautiful city with lots of things to do right on the lake. The lake being one of the GREAT LAKES, as in Lake Superior. We took a ride on a tour boat and I snapped a picture of the Aerial Lift bridge (built in 1905) when it was down,


and when it was up to allow this big freighter to pass through.



Just to give you an idea exactly how large these ships are, here's a close up of one that we watched pass by in the canal.

Duluth is the world's largest inland port, shipping coal, iron ore and grain.

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20 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

yet another beautiful bridge...I swear something so romantic about bridges:)

Have a happy sunday dear friend

VioletSky said...

I love watching these huge tankers going by (in my case into Hamilton on Lake Ontario)

Kate said...

Duluth is one of our favorite summer day trips from St. Paul, Mn. I posted the same bridge today. Next week I'll be posting several photos of the Three Tall Ships that were in the harbor and Lake Superior last week-end. Come back and visit my blog and the area.

The ships going thru the canal are always viewed by tourists and residents alike; you captured the scene quite well.

Brian Miller said...

what a cool bridge! neat how it swings up like that...dont think i have ever seen one before...

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

that is a really cool bridge!

Gail said...

The life of a princess...that's what you live!!!

Francisca said...

Good one, Pat! Not everyday you see an "elevator" bridge... LOL! I've been to Minnesota at least two dozen times, but never to Duluth.

Lucka said...

Gorgeous series of the shots!

Aguilar Elliot said...

cool bridge!

TheChieftess said...

Wow!!! I wanna see it go up and down!!!

Eva Gallant said...

That is impressive! We have one here in Portland, Maine, that opens up; it doesn't go up and down like that one.

otin said...

I used to live in a town in NJ with a lift bridge. Very unique

Cheeseboy said...

Who would have guessed? Deluthe rules!

Bossy Betty said...

Very impressive bridge!!!

Andy said...

Excellent photos. Keep on clicking.

kisatrtle said...

Beautiful photos...when did you change ur header? I go to florida for a few days and life goes on without me

Lynda said...

I don't believe I have ever seen an aerial lift bridge. That is amazing that something strong enough to hold a LOT of vehicles is also able to be raised 'easily'.
I like your cattle. Are they in the field near your campground? I like the grass seed on their backs. Grandpa's cows used to pull and 'flip' their hay into their mouths and had the same thing happen.

Evelyn said...

Wow, amazing engineering, even back then.

JM said...

I've never seen such a structure before and, believe me, I've seen a lot of bridges! :-) Fantastic!

labbie1 said...

Cool bridge. I don't know how many of the lift bridges there are, but I suspect they are more scarce than other types of bridges built to move to let boat traffic pass.

There is a lift bridge like the one in your picture (but MUCH smaller) in Booneville, MO by the Capri Casino. It is quite old and very cool to look at!