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Aerial Lift Bridge

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Address: Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator...

Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator bridge is 386 feet long and spans the canal entrance to Duluth Harbor.

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Cool bridge

Fun to watch the bridge go up and the ships go thru. We walked over a couple of times and found it interesting the way the bridge was raised and lowered.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 February 2017
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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Fun to watch the bridge go up and the ships go thru. We walked over a couple of times and found it interesting the way the bridge was raised and lowered.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Very cool landmark and iconic for this city. Even though it was cold and therefore not operational it is beautiful!

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Nevis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

I got to observe this bridge from a distance while set up at the 2016 Tall Ships show. It was fascinating to watch!

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Duluth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Fantastic. Great great choices of places to eat, shop and board walk, Beach walk, lake view, city view and park point is on the other side of the bridge. Beach walk there can be miles long ( this part is all sand, not for handy cap people).

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Since their are no other bridges like this one it is an amazing thing to observe ship traffic be sure to visit the Army Corp of Engineers museum to get a list of times that the ship's will be coming in. Maybe you'll get to see a salty.

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Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

You must cross over-- at the end of the road it will take you to beautiful uncluttered beaches. Rock hounds will go crazy hunting for semi precious stones. Bring a picnic--we always get subway and some drinks. The kids love playing in the water you can walk forever. Sometimes there might be a volleyball game going on down the way.... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The Bridge connects over the channel to a residenceal area that extends to a Park at the very end. Do not miss the drive. Second and most important catch that ship coming in from someplace afar, as the Bridge Operator and Ship Captain greet each other on arrival. You will be only feet from a 1000 footer as it passes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Go in the Army Corp of Engineers museum to get a list of times that the ship's will be coming in and do d a good spot near the bridge to watch. So cool! Watch ship's from all around the world come in to Duluth. Breathtaking view of Lake Superior! Fun easy entertainment for all ages!

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We always enjoy seeing the Ariel Lift Bridge and watch the large ships pass through the canal. The bridge is great to view during the day, but also at night when it is lighted. It is one of the most photographed sites in Duluth. You can enjoy seeing the bridge and ships year around. During winter months, a good place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Was hoping for some boat action but on a quiet Sunday afternoon, none were moving so we didn't get to see the bridge in action ! Pity that , but it's plain too see how it does raise itself like Lazarus ! A cool piece of engineering with a steady stream of vehicles crossing its steel plates !!

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