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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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Quite unique

We were staying at the end of the bridge so could watch it go up and down as the ships went through. Was a great experience seeing how the bridge works.

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Willmar, Minnesota
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Willmar, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were staying at the end of the bridge so could watch it go up and down as the ships went through. Was a great experience seeing how the bridge works.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are always eager to see the Lift Bridge in Duluth. We try to catch a freighter coming in off Lake Superior. What a treat to see a small city floating on the water and coming into port.

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Swanville Minneota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Port Authority office and museum by the lift bridge and got the information as to the arriving and departing of the ships from the Duluth harbor.

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Mound, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Don't miss the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth. So much fun to watch the big ships come in or go out through the channel to Duluth Harbor. It's neat to walk under the bridge and hear the cars go by above you. The shipping schedule is posted at the nearby Maritime Museum. We checked the schedule and made sure to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

there are only a few bridges of this style in MN. is unique and interesting construction. We saw it in a snow storm with freezing rain, so traveling over it was more than an adventure. Got stuck on the icy steel.

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved learning about the lift bridge! Makes the Duluth Landscape even more interesting. The Aerial Lift Bridge is a major landmark in Duluth, Minnesota. The span originally was an extremely rare transporter bridge — the first of just two such bridges ever constructed in the United States. Originally built in 1905, the bridge was upgraded in 1929–30 to a vertical... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to see the ore bridge operate. What an engineering achievement. It is awesome to see these huge ore boats come into port.

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Thank Victoria M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the highlights of Duluth is the aerial lift bridge. It is fun to go to Canal Park and walk under and over the lift bridge. It's beautiful at night all lit up and spectacular during the day. To be there to watch the aerial lift bridge go up and down for the many passing ships into the harbor... More 

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Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its always fun for the kids to watch the aerial lift bridge move. Kids love in amazement and excitement.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been across this bridge numerous times but am always impressed. This isn't a scary bridge by any means but it's fascinating that it can lift high enough to allow an ocean freighter to pass under. Makes you wonder why it's not a swing bridge. Very coo. And it's free!

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