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Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth

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Visit Aerial Lift Bridge to see one of only two vertical-lift bridges in the world. Built in 1905, the bridge was upgraded between 1929 and 1930 to lift vertically. The entire bridge rises, just like an elevator, to allow boats to pass underneath. The United States Army Corps of Engineers manages a maritime museum that will help you understand the complex mechanism. Check the shipping schedule in advance so you're sure to see the bridge in action. Put Aerial Lift Bridge into our Duluth holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is a very interesting site. Watching the bridge go up and come down is just something you have to expeience to enjoy.  more »
  • It is so cool the way this was built the way it works just as to be seen to believe and the guy rides up in down in his little house it takes a lot to keep it working right take the kids they will lov...  more »
  • This is a beautiful attraction. Fun to walk across but loud when cars go across. Beautifully lit at night! Don't miss it if you come to Duluth!  more »
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  • It is a must see when in Duluth. Try to stick around long enough for a ship to come in or out. It is incredible to see a cargo ship pass by that close. Especially when they are coming in empty and riding high in the water.
  • It's a bridge :) But it's pretty cool and you can walk across it. Pretty neat to see it raised and watch the ships go through. If you're trying to cross (food or car) you can get stuck for 20-30 minutes (or more) while it's raised.
  • This Duluth icon is not your average bridge. Nothing quite shares the excitement of watching the bridge raise vertically to allow boats and ships to pass underneath. Then, ships sound their booming horns as a friendly greeting to the bridge operator, to which the bridge operator sounds the bridge's two Westinghouse locomotive horns in reply. The harbor basin allows you to hear the horns echo from the high hills of Duluth. What other bridge shares the privilege of being a gatekeeper between the beauty of Lake Superior, and the global and bustling shipping industry of the Duluth Port?
  • Who doesn't love the lift bridge in Duluth? What's not to love? Right in the middle of the USA we were standing right next to a 1000 foot ship as it glided in through the canal.
  • Duluth's most prominent landmark. Worth visiting if you haven't been there before.