Throwback Thursday: The “new” Ballard Bridge turns 76

The Ballard Bridge, as we know it today, officially opened on June 8, 1940, so we wanted to celebrate with this week’s Throwback Thursday post.

The first Ballard Bridge, pictured below, opened in December 1917. By 1940, however, the old wooden bridge was considered too dangerous to carry the increased traffic and was replaced by a newer bridge with a higher span.

ballardbridge 1918

The photo below shows the opening day celebrations for the new Ballard Bridge on June 8, 1940.

ballard bridge opening

Photos courtesy of MOHAI.

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