Edited by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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|Upper Fort Garry, Main Street Winnipeg Manitoba, ca. 1874. Demolished. This was the fort, viewed from the south, on the eve of the removal of its walls. Image courtesy of the Manitoba Archives.|
|View of Main Street ferry over the Assiniboine River below Upper Fort Garry, with the Hudson's Bay Company warehouse on the right. Image courtesy of theCanadaSite.com website.|
|Manitoba Department of Public Works. Image courtesy of the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collection.|
|First Main Street Bridge, 1881 to 1937. Looking towards Upper Fort Garry. Image courtesy of the HBC Archives-1987-363-W-200-17a from Abigail Auld.|
|Second Main Street Bridge, 1897 to 1931. Looking east with St. Boniface Hospital in the background. Image courtesy of the Peel Collection, University of Alberta.|
|Bergen Swing Bridge. Image courtesy of Google.|
|An example of a lift bridge is the Old Railway Bridge at the Forks. Courtesy of the Forks website.|
|Old and New Disraeli Bridge. High bridges allowed river traffic clearance under the bridge deck. Image courtesy of the AXIS Inspection Group Ltd. website.|
The third Main Street Bridge was built in 1931. This was a concrete bridge and the nearby Norwood Bridge was built to the same design. The original steel bridges were both only two lanes wide; the new 1931 bridges were both five lanes wide. The fifth lane, the middle lane, was reversible - northbound in the AM and southbound in the PM. Of course, this was after the streetcars were removed from the bridges in the 1950s.
|Third Main Street Bridge ca. 1931 (lower left corner). Image courtesy of the Forks website.|
|Third Main Street Bridge - plaque commemorating the new name of the bridge as "The Bridge of the Old Forts". Image courtesy of David Loftson.|
|The fourth Main Street Bridge, twin span complete in 1998. Image courtesy of Wiki Common.|
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