Lift Bridge Under Construction While Pontoon Bridge Was In Use.  The Year was 1931.  Photo credit, Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library. To travel through the "Time Tunnel" from 1875 to 1931, Click or Tap the photo above. Imagine yourself walking across the old wooden bridge onto the new lift bridge from 1875 to 1931 !

Lift Bridge Under Construction While Pontoon Bridge Was In Use.  The Year was 1931.  Photo credit, Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library.

To travel through the "Time Tunnel" from 1875 to 1931, Click or Tap the photo above. Imagine yourself walking across the old wooden bridge onto the new lift bridge from 1875 to 1931 !

 

 

 

Stillwater Liftbridge

Written by Bill Fredell

 

The liftbridge was completed in 1931 allowing traffic to move between Stillwater and Wisconsin. It has worked well in its eighty-five years of service. One of only a few remaining liftbridges in Minnesota, it has become the symbol of Stillwater and a welcome sight of the St. Croix Valley.  The liftbridge is on the National Register of Historical Places (1989) and its cost of $460,174 was split between Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Today, it carries 18,000 vehicles per day.

 

 

 

Lift Bridge Under Construction, 1931.  Photo credit, Mr. John Runk, courtesy of Stillwater Public Library. CLICK OR TAP THIS TEXT TO SEE GOOGLE MAPS 360 STREET VIEW OF THIS SAME LOCATION IN 2016. 

Lift Bridge Under Construction, 1931.  Photo credit, Mr. John Runk, courtesy of Stillwater Public Library.

CLICK OR TAP THIS TEXT TO SEE GOOGLE MAPS 360 STREET VIEW OF THIS SAME LOCATION IN 2016. 

Lift Bridge Under Construction in 1931.  Photo credit, Mr. John Runk, courtesy of Stillwater Public Library. CLICK THIS TEXT TO SEE GOOGLE MAPS 360 STREET VIEW AT THIS SAME LOCATION IN 2016.

Lift Bridge Under Construction in 1931.  Photo credit, Mr. John Runk, courtesy of Stillwater Public Library.

CLICK THIS TEXT TO SEE GOOGLE MAPS 360 STREET VIEW AT THIS SAME LOCATION IN 2016.

 

 

Early photos (1870-1931) OF THE BRIDGES OF STILLWATER

This Gallery includes early scenes of the different bridges that crossed the St. Croix River in Stillwater. Photo credits are John Sinclair and John Runk. The photos are courtesy of the New York City Public Library, The Stillwater Public Library, The Washington County Historical Society and the Minnesota Historical Society and the John Runk Collection