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.
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Praise for Crossing the Canal
“Possibly every Aerial Bridge fact and photograph in existence has been crammed into this busy book by Duluth writer and publisher Tony Dierckins. Dierckins’ book is rich with photographs, architectural sketches, maps and oddball factoids.”
— Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“...Required reading for anyone who loves [Duluth]. Not only is it an informative read, but a fascinating one as well.”
— Matthew R. Perrine, Duluth Budgeteer
“Crossing the Canal is the definitive history of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge.”
— Aerial Bridge Supervisor Ryan Beamer
“New Book Gets Lift Bridge Story Right” ( Click here. to read the entire review.)
— Canal Park Times
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10" x 8"
208 pages | Over 250 photographs, maps, and diagrams
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