It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
This 1910 postcard depicts Huntsville’s swing bridge in operation. This steel bridge was constructed in 1902, at 20-feet wide to allow two teams of horses to pass. It replaced Huntsville’s first swing bridge, which had opened in 1889.
The swing bridge was operated by hand using a large key. That task fell to George Selkirk until 1914 when he was replaced, at the age of 88, by Thomas Bradley.
By 1931, the bridge was deemed difficult and inconvenient to operate and was replaced in 1938 by a wider, electrically operated bridge that had a sidewalk on each side for pedestrians. It remains today, although it no longer functions as a swing bridge.
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