Crossing the Canal

An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge

by Tony Dierckins




The aerial bridge over the Duluth Ship Canal has been called “Duluth’s Eiffel Tower” and the “gateway to the world,” but no matter what lofty labels poets and politicians apply to it, Duluth built its famous bridge for one simple purpose: Crossing the canal. For the first time in one book, author Tony Dierckins tells the complete story of Duluth’s aerial bridge, from cutting the canal through the bridge’s 100th anniversary, separating facts from myths while creating a vivid picture of the life of Duluth’s iconic landmark. A finalist for the 2009 Minnesota Book Award.


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Praise for this book:

“...Required reading for anyone who loves [Duluth]. Not only is it an informative read, but a fascinating one as well.”

Duluth Budgeteer

Crossing the Canal is the definitive history of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge.”

— Former Aerial Bridge Supervisor Ryan Beamer

“[Crossing the Canal] gets Lift Bridge story right.”

— Canal Park Times

“Possibly every Aerial Bridge fact and photograph in existence has been crammed into this busy book. Dierckins’ book is rich with photographs, architectural sketches, maps and oddball factoids.”

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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