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Mystery Cable?

While stopped at the stoplight at Superior Street and Second Avenue East this morning, I noticed a cable strung diagonally across the intersection. The cable is strung between Old City Hall and the Temple Opera building. It is a plain steel cable, not holding up any sort of utility cable. The cable looks fairly old, based upon the brackets fastened to the buildings. Anyone have any idea as to it’s purpose?  Lightning? Keeping one of the buildings from falling over? Old traffic signals?

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  1. “Keeping one of the buildings from falling over?” Nice!

    Build High, Brainerd | May 15, 2014 | New Comment
  2. I work in the Temple Opera Building and in the hallways there are several old pictures of the building. I checked them out and while I didn’t see the cable in question, there were other cables going from building to building across Superior Street. They seem to be the cables used to suspect the power lines for the old street car system. So, maybe this cable is leftover from those days.

    Bret | May 15, 2014 | New Comment
  3. I’m going to hazard a guess that these are for hanging decorations. Here’s the evidence:

    In 1963 you can see the wires on the Temple Opera Block and Old City Hall
    Temple Opera 1963
    Old City Hall 1963

    You can also see one on the Hunter Block at 1st Ave W
    Hunter Block 1963

    Here’s some evidence of the decorations in 1972
    Christmas City of the North 1972

    This 1940s picture doesn’t seem to have it
    Temple Opera 1940s

    Still, at this point it might be to hold the building up.

    Mags | May 15, 2014 | New Comment
  4. I’d say decorations is a good guess. There’s 3 wires in that area, 2 going across the street, and one diagonally across the intersection. There’s another diagonal one 1st ave west too, as well as evidence of another diagonal cable on the corner of the old KBJR building.

    There’s was probably tons of these downtown, but were removed when building were remodeled, torn down, or replaced.

    DECk37 | May 15, 2014 | New Comment

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