Stone Arch Bridge
The center of these images depict the Stone Arch Bridge, a railroad bridge built in the 1880s that is now a pedestrian and bike path. The 1934 lithograph by Erie Loran shows Spirit Island in the foreground, which was removed for the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock & Dam in the early 1960s. Both views show part of the Pillsbury A Mill complex on the East Bank of the Mississippi River.
Northern Pacific Bridge #9 and 10th Avenue Bridge
The smaller bridge in the foreground is the Northern Pacific Bridge #9, and the painting depicts a train crossing it. The bridge was converted to a bicycle and pedestrian path in 1999, and is easy to identify with its striking pink railing. A bicyclist can be seen crossing in the 2015 photograph. The 10th Avenue Bridge, sometimes known as the Cedar Avenue Bridge, was built in 1929. It runs parallel to the busy I-35W crossing, but is also accessible to bicycles and pedestrians. The City of Minneapolis has proposed to rehabilitate this older bridge starting in 2017. The 1929 Foshay Tower is also visible in both images.