Honeymoon Bridge collapse

The front page of the January 26 1938 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained a photograph of an ice jam that had collided with the Upper Steel Arch Bridge at Niagara Falls, known popularly as the Honeymoon Bridge.

The edition also contained an article (partly shown here) and additional photographs of the bridge, which had been closed to traffic that day for fear of structural damage.

The next day’s edition, on January 27 1938, included pictures of the heroic efforts that were being made to attempt to save the bridge:

Unfortunately, the efforts were unsuccessful – the bridge collapsed later that day. The January 28 1938 edition contained a photograph of the now-collapsed bridge.

The bridge was demolished over the course of the next three months. A new bridge, with higher abutments, was started almost immediately; called the Rainbow Bridge, it was completed in November 1941. It still stands.

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