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Photo Of The Day – 03/31/09

March 31, 2009

hcbridge“Lift Bridge”

This lift bridge along the Hennepin Canal in rural Illinois was erected in 1909 and provided farmers access to their land. A wheel in the center of the bridge was turned to bring the large weights down, which caused the chains to lift the bridge, thus allowing ample room for canal boats to pass.

The Hennepin Canal was built to provide boats access from the Illinois River to the Rock River and onto the Mississippi River. The canal was closed in 1951.

Now how cool was this? I got to be a photographer AND a historian all in the same post.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2009 2:33 AM

    That is a cool Bridge and I appreciate the History.

    • March 31, 2009 10:37 AM

      It is a pretty cool bridge. There aren’t many around like this anymore.

      Your welcome Starla! 😀

  2. S. Le permalink
    March 31, 2009 7:59 AM

    Fab photo! Love it!

  3. March 31, 2009 8:00 AM

    it’s a scary ride at an amusement park! 🙂

    • March 31, 2009 10:38 AM

      ROFLMAO!! Good guess but no, it’s not a ride at an amusement park. LOL

  4. March 31, 2009 8:52 AM

    I love old things like this. So it’s still a bridge, it just doesn’t “turn?” Very neat.

    • March 31, 2009 10:41 AM

      Actually, a lift bridge doesn’t turn at all. Lift bridges move up and down instead of turning side to side. They don’t move up and down like a span bridge though. The entire platform of the bridge moves straight up and straight down.

  5. lviss permalink
    March 31, 2009 9:47 AM

    A good photo.

  6. March 31, 2009 10:12 AM

    Wow Gary, an A++!!!
    Love how you make it “speak” to me!

  7. March 31, 2009 10:42 AM

    Thank you very much Luisa!! 😀

  8. Sue permalink
    March 31, 2009 11:51 AM

    I love this picture and have decided that I really need to get myself and nice camera and photoshop!!!

    • March 31, 2009 12:10 PM

      Thanks Sue! Glad you like!!

      GO FOR IT!! Let me know if I can lend any advice. 😀

  9. March 31, 2009 12:58 PM

    Very cool!!! We have a lift bridge north of us in Duluth. Jason and I took Bailey there a few years ago and watched the ships go through. You can actually stand under it when it’s coming down. There’s always at least one dad pretending to be the Hulk and holding the bridge up so it doesn’t fall on us!!!

    • March 31, 2009 8:12 PM

      ROFLMAO!! That sounds like something I would most likely be doing.

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  11. March 31, 2009 8:13 PM

    Thanks MMH! 😀

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