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Historic Bridges

Jay Cooke State Park Suspension Bridge

Jay Cooke State Park Suspension Bridge

Jay Cooke State Park Suspension Bridge

See features of the bridge

History & significance

Nicknamed the “Swinging Bridge,” the 220-foot pedestrian bridge with a 126-foot main suspension span crosses the St. Louis River in Carlton County. The suspension superstructure is carried on massive stone-clad, reinforced-concrete pylons. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the bridge in 1934 to replace an earlier suspension bridge at the site. High water damaged the bridge in the 1940s, 1950s, and again in 2012, necessitating a major reconstruction of the suspension system and other parts of the bridge.

The bridge is a contributing resource to the Jay Cooke State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic District.

Location

Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton County)
Latitude, Longitude: 46.653722, -92.370504

Bridge features

Jay Cooke State Park Suspension Bridge

Design and construction of the suspension-bridge superstructure crossing the St. Louis River.

Jay Cooke State Park Suspension Bridge

The rustic stone masonry aesthetic treatment of the pylons, railings, walkway, and other features.