In this, the city of bridges, we are remembering and letting go of a bridge that has been part of our identity since 1907. It was the first vehicle bridge and replaced the ferry service for connecting what were then Saskatoon, Nutana and Riversdale.
It is fondly (?) remembered by many of us as the first test of our driving skills as it seemed that all new drivers were taken across it on their very first drive. It was extremely narrow so once you made it safely across your confidence was bound to have improved. Since 2010 it has been closed to traffic and it is now being taken down to make way for a new one.
The taking down process has brought people together this winter as they came to watch the demolition. You can watch the crowds, and the explosion from the removal of two of the spans in this time-lapse taken by our son Derek (Electric Umbrella).
This is my tribute to a bridge that holds many memories for Saskatoon residents. I invite you to imagine yourself sitting on this bench and remember.