Postcard from the Famous Aerial Bridge

This undated postcard of Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge appears to be circa the 1960s, but perhaps there is a clue in there somewhere to narrow the date down.

The caption on the back of the card reads:

The Famous Aerial Bridge, Duluth, Minn.
D-21 One of the nation’s top attractions is Duluth’s famous aerial bridge which must be raised for each approaching steamer into the harbor and stretches the mainland of Duluth to the Minnesota Point which juts out into Lake Superior for nine miles.
Ektachrome by H. C. Wick

The caption is a bit inaccurate in that Minnesota Point and Wisconsin Point combine to stretch nine miles. Minnesota Point by itself is about six. The notion that it “juts out into Lake Superior” is basically true, but kind of not true in that Minnesota Point technically divides Lake Superior from the Duluth Harbor and Superior Bay.

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about 2 years ago

The '60s could be right on. The compressor is likely a Worthington, a staple of city workers across northern Minnesota. I can't pinpoint the manufacture year. I don't recall when light poles went up on the break walls.

The hut on the bridge is old time and there are no electronics above. And the tree that grows through the inland side hasn't filled the tower.

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