This project originated from a broader and also ongoing project called ‘Strictly a River Crossing’ which is a history of Calgary’s historic steel bridges. In particular, it is focused on the unusual builder of most of these structures (including the Zoobridge): the Algoma Steel Bridge Company.
Started in June of 2015 and the subject of ongoing research, Strictly A River Crossing has also inspired a Jane’s Walk in 2016 and 2017.
‘What you have is a couple of decks to carry traffic. The decks are supported by steel trusses and the bridge goes across the river and that is it.”
Alderman David Russell as quoted by the Calgary Herald. Quote was the inspiration for the title ‘Strictly A River Crossing.’
About the Author
Born and raised in Calgary, Jack Hope is an amateur photographer who has been only recently developed an appreciation for local history and how it has shaped the City.
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the Calgary Public Library, the City of Calgary’s Corporate Records and Archives and the Archives of the Glenbow Museum for their assistance with this project. These agencies are the repositories of the memories of this City and their staff have been incredibly helpful in the pursuit of this project.
I would also like to express my thanks to the editors and writers of Calgary’s early newspapers. Without these early writers, it would be all but impossible to have an idea as to what was happening during the early days of non-indigenous settlement in this region.
I would also like to express my thanks to Amy Shira Teitel, who’s own live-tweeting of historic events helped inspire this project.
And last but not least, I cannot ever adequately express gratitude to Tim Yarkowsky, Chelsea Parker and Richard Dame. They’re the reason I keep trying. Thank you so very much.