Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 143 years


Historic Sites of Manitoba: Souris Suspension Bridge (Souris, Municipality of Souris-Glenwood)

A monument, presented to the Town of Souris in July 1981 by the local Manitoba Pool Elevator, commemorates the Souris Suspension Bridge. Built in 1904 by Squire Sowden to allow him access to his property across the river, the bridge became an iconic symbol for the town through the years. It was damaged by a broken cable in 1961 and swept away by the floods of 1976. Its cables were cut intentionally during the flood of 2011 to prevent further damage but it was later replaced by a new bridge.

Postcard view of the Souris Suspension Bridge, with the 1910 Sowden residence, later the Hillcrest Museum, in the background

Postcard view of the Souris Suspension Bridge, with the 1910 Sowden residence, later the Hillcrest Museum, in the background (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0321

The illuminated Souris Suspension Bridge that replaced one destroyed in a 2011 flood

The illuminated Souris Suspension Bridge that replaced one destroyed in a 2011 flood (November 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The illuminated Souris Suspension Bridge that replaced one destroyed in a 2011 flood

The Souris Suspension Bridge that replaced one destroyed in a 2011 flood (August 2020)
Source: George Penner

The illuminated Souris Suspension Bridge that replaced one destroyed in a 2011 flood

The Souris Suspension Bridge that replaced one destroyed in a 2011 flood (August 2020)
Source: George Penner

Souris Swinging Bridge Monument

Souris Swinging Bridge Monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.61661, W100.25505
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Stroll Across Our Swinging Bridge by Mrs. V. H. Sangwine
Manitoba Pageant, April 1957

Sources:

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 September 2021

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.


Send corrections and additions to this page
to the MHS Webmaster at webmaster@mhs.mb.ca.

Search Tips | Suggest an Historic Site | FAQ

Help us keep
history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2022 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.