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Memory Mondays – Saskatoon Bridges

September’s Memory Mondays are featuring photos of Saskatoon’s bridges from the WDM’s Barton Collection of photos. Held in the WDM’s George Shepherd Library, the Barton Collection documents the lives of multiple generations of settler family life on a farm near Saskatoon.

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This undated photo shows the Victoria Street Traffic Bridge in Saskatoon. The bridge opened on October 10, 1907. It was built at the request of Nutana residents when Nutana joined the City of Saskatoon. Those who lived in Nutana wanted a safer and more reliable way across the river. Up until the opening of the bridge they had to either wait for a ferry or walk across the train bridge, which was a treacherous journey.
This photo shows the University Bridge, connecting the University campus to downtown Saskatoon. Though the bridge was built in 1916, it wasn’t formally named until 2006. The bridge was built with streetcar tracks on it, but it was never used by streetcars and the tracks were removed in 1947.
This photo was likely taken in 1932 at the opening of the Broadway Bridge. The Broadway Bridge was built as a make-work project during the Great Depression. It took only 11 months to complete and took the labour of 1,593 people working around the clock to build. It officially opened on November 11, 1932.

The Broadway Bridge has a grade of 4%, making it the steepest bridge in Saskatoon.

This photo from March 4, 1912, shows the aftermath of the collapse of the Canadian Northern Railway bridge in Saskatoon. A section of the bridge collapsed under a train headed for Regina. One of the cars fell 57 feet onto the ice below, injuring 12 passenger but causing no deaths.

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