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Jay Cooke's swinging bridge set to reopen

October 25, 2013
Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The swinging bridge will soon be back at Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth.

The iconic bridge carried pedestrians over the rushing St. Louis River for generations before violent flooding badly damaged it last year.

Park manager Gary Hoeft says the $1.1 million reconstruction is nearly done. It's expected to reopen in the coming week, the Duluth News Tribune reported ( ).

Hoeft says the rebuilt bridge will bounce and sway just like the old one. He says it will take some time to get the squeaks back.

The U.S. Forest Service built the first swinging bridge of logs and rope in the park in 1924. It was rebuilt once before after a 1950 flood.


Information from: Duluth News Tribune,



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