Yesterday I found out the sad news that next month the City of Calgary is going to demolish one of the cities oldest bridges to make room for a wider, more modern bridge to keep up with the growth and size of this city.
The bridge, named St. Geroge’s Zoo Bridge, was was built in 1908 by the Algoma Steel Bridge Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The bridge design is known as the Camelback Truss or Parker Camelback Truss design. It was built for horse and buggy traffic, and later retrofitted for use with vehicles. When the bridge was originally built, there were actually houses on St. George’s Island, which the Zoo now resides on.
Upon hearing this sad news I decided to go out and take a few photo’s of the bridge with my girlfriend to have something to remember it by. Next month I will go back and take more photo’s of the City of Calgary dismantling the bridge.