Live-Tweets from 1907

In honour of Calgary’s old 12th Street SE Bridge, affectionately known as the Zoobridge (or the St. George Island Bridge) this site has been devoted to live-tweeting (on a small 110 year delay) the sequence of events leading to building this historic steel truss bridge.

The structure was removed from its site crossing the Bow River on May 29, 2017, just days after the 109th anniversary of its opening in 1908. The removal was essential in order to build a new crossing at this site and to ensure safety of bridge users, as well as concerns about lead contamination from the bridge’s paint.

While its removal was necessary, its importance in Calgary’s history cannot be understated, for example enabling the establishment of the Calgary Zoo on St. George Island.  For many residents of the surrounding neighbourhoods the old, narrow bridge will be missed.

The live-tweets will run until the end of May, 2018 and conclude around the 110th anniversary of the bridge’s opening.

Follow @zoobridgeyyc to receive tweets directly and follow the blog here for regular updates.

Recent Tweets

Past Tweets Available Here (via Storify)

More Information

Farewell Zoobridge ~ An Obituary
(1908-2017) The 12th Street SE Bridge (née St George Island Bridge), age 109, was permanently closed to all traffic on Wednesday March 29, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta. 

Strictly A River Crossing
Research for the Zoobridge live-tweets is derived from my project on the historic steel bridges of Calgary, AB. The first article ‘The Algoma Bridges File’ is a good place to begin.

Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the more common questions about this project, its inspiration and its goals.

12th Street SE Bridge Replacement Project
The City of Calgary’s official webpage about the project to replace the old bridge with a modern structure. Provides in-depth background information.


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