When it was completed in 1883, the 2,100 foot-long Stone Arch Bridge was hailed as a magnificent structure, referred to as ... More
Stone Arch Bridge
When it was completed in 1883, the 2,100 foot-long Stone Arch Bridge was hailed as a magnificent structure, referred to as The Great Bridge, and compared favorably to the elaborate architecture of a Roman viaduct. Interestingly enough, critics blasted the project and its owner railroad tycoon James J Hill as it was being built, calling it 'Jim Hill's Folly.' The bridge still stands astride the river as a monument to the man and empire he created. More importantly, James Hill wanted the bridge to provide a grand entrance to the city of Minneapolis and in the heyday of train travel it did just that. Comprised of 23 arches of limestone mined in the southern Minnesota town of Mankato, Hill personally supervised its building. It remains the second oldest bridge still spanning the mighty Mississippi River. As train traffic slowly declined, the Minneapolis depot closed in 1981 and trains were routed around the downtown area. The bridge was resurfaced to accommodate pedestrians, bikers, skaters and trolleys. The bridge provides impressive views of downtown Minneapolis, the river and several old and historic flourmills.
This bridge originally erected for the Great Northern Railway has a special allure to it.it is very pedestrian-friendly.From this bridge,there are great views of the Mississippi River,St. Anthony's Falls,the Mill City Ruins,and downtown Minneapolis.A pleasant early May day added to my pleasure.
The stone arch bridge was very refreshing. Not only was the view of Minneapolis breathtaking from the far end of the bridge, it was a great place to exercise or simply walk and take in the view. I was there in the evening and was able to see the sights in both the light and dark. The day light allows a wonderful path to walk, ride bike, or jog, passing the dam, the falls, and the skyline along the way. At night all the lights come on illuminating the beautiful night life of Minneapolis.
The bridge itself is beautiful. The stones are a wonderful sight. I highly recommend a walk along the bridge, day or night.
The stone arc bridge is a wonderful place to go for a walk/run/bike ride and just to relax. It is in a beautiful part of downtown. One day my friend and I decided to go for a run from the U, and ended up by the stone arc bridge and was the best run i have been one since i've lived in minneapolis. It is just a nice and relaxing place to go with many restaurants near by.
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