It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
It’s been decades since anyone has seen this particular view.
For close to 70 years, Huntsville’s swing bridge rotated to let steamships travel up and down the Muskoka River from Hunters Bay to Peninsula Lake.
The current iteration was the third such bridge in Huntsville. The first swing bridge opened in 1889, replacing the former stationary bridge. A new swing bridge followed in 1902, which was constructed at 20-feet wide to allow two teams of horses to pass. It was again replaced in 1938 by a 30-foot wide, electrically operated bridge that had a sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.
The historic bridge remains today, although it no longer functions as a swing bridge. Steamships stopped travelling the river in 1958 and the swinging mechanism on the bridge was welded shut by the 1980s.
Photo (1944): CN Images of Canada Collection; details courtesy of Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve
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