And the Canal It Crosses
Softcover | 96 Pages | 125+ Illustrations | Coming Spring 2023
Coming Spring 2023: The Story of Duluth’s Iconic Bridge
Illustrated with over 125 historic & modern photos, sketches, maps & diagrams
In 50 brief tales, award-winning Minnesota author and historian Tony Dierckins chronicles the life of Duluth’s famed aerial bridge, from the span’s construction as an aerial transfer bridge in 1905, its 1930 conversion into a vertical lift bridge, how it works, and how it came to symbolize the Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas.
You’ll also discover the remarkable history of the canal it crosses, including the myth of its creation, the lighthouses that grace its piers, and Duluth’s 35-year struggle to build a bridge over it.
Praise for this book:
Duluth's Aerial Bridge has been adapted, updated, and condensed from Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth's Aerial Bridge, a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award written by the same author. Here's what the press had to say about Crossing the Canal, which is out of print:
“...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