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Address: Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator...

Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator bridge is 386 feet long and spans the canal entrance to Duluth Harbor.

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Only an idiot wouldn't enjoy this bridge

We have been to Duluth many times from Colorado. This is an impressive working bridge. If you research this bridge back to the time it was erected, it is an amazing structure. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Glenwood Springs
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Glenwood Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We have been to Duluth many times from Colorado. This is an impressive working bridge. If you research this bridge back to the time it was erected, it is an amazing structure. I suggest anyone visiting Duluth to see the bridge and enjoy the area.

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

I can sit all day and watching the fishing boats, sail boats & lage ships coming and going from the cannel. I find it so amazing how we make and provide iron ore, and other products that travel all round the world. I enjoy the horn of ships traveling under the lift bridge.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I love the area near the Lift Bridge, watching the ships come and go is amazing, but if you dislike the crowds on the Canal Park side, walk or drive over the bridge and you can walk out to the other lighthouse, and there will only be a handful of people to contend with.

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Regina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The aerial lift bridge and the passing of ships through the associated canal are well worth the visit. Sometimes there may be long waits until ships enter the canal, but there are other shipping related things to do while waiting. It's an excellent sight to see while in Duluth

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We got lucky to view the bridge being raised to let a large boat along with two sail boats pass through. What an engineering marvel.

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Thank 81Denver
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

We sat and watched the bridge go up and down a couple times. And then walked a across it. The 9 year old was impressed and we call enjoyed it. Beautiful surroundings of Lake Superior and I got some awesome pictures too. Well worth the stop.

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Champlin, MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Its fun and kind of noisy so warn the kids ahead of time. The drawback is if its lifted for a boat you might be stuck for a while so maybe read the ship schedule at the Maritime museum first.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

I have seen so many bridges in my life, in fact many have called me a connoisseur of bridges, but this bridge does not satisfy my expectations of a bridge. When you see the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge or the dizzying height of the Mackinac, you know you've found an emotional experience. When I visited this bridge i... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Not much to say here that hasn't already been said, but this is an absolute must-see in Duluth. Architecturally and structurally, this is an incredibly unique bridge, one of only a few like it in the US. Functionally, this bridge is used to let some huge cargo ships (up to 1000 ft long) in and out of the harbor, which... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The Aerial Lift Bridge defines Duluth so much that it has served as the symbol of Duluth for many years. The bridge runs up and down all summer, allowing large lake and ocean going vessels to access the inner harbor. Although it is incredibly annoying if you are stuck in traffic backed up by the bridge (especially on the Park... More 

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