Duluth’s Aerial Bridge

And the Canal It Crosses

Tony Dierckins

Hardcover | 96 Pages | 125+ Illustrations | $20



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The Story of Duluth’s Iconic Bridge

Illustrated with over 125 historic & modern photos, sketches, maps & diagrams

Award-winning Minnesota author and historian Tony Dierckins chronicles the life of Duluth’s famed aerial bridge, from the span’s 1905 construction as an aerial transfer bridge to its 1930 conversion into a vertical lift bridge, including how it works and how it became an icon of 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 to span 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

“Duluth’s Aerial Bridge [formerly Crossing the Canal] is the definitive history of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge.”

— Former Aerial Bridge Supervisor Ryan Beamer

“Dierckins gets the 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