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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Valley River Suspension Bridge (RM of Dauphin)

A small suspension bridge over the Valley River in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin was constructed using the concrete abutments of a former, more substantial bridge, probably dating from around 1920. After the original bridge was destroyed or removed, a downstream ford crossing enabled people to cross during periods of low river flow. When the river was flooding and the ford crossing was deeply submerged, the suspension bridge enabled local children to cross the river to catch a school bus to Dauphin.

The suspension bridge is now officially closed and those wishing to cross it are advised by the municipality that they do so at their own risk. Users through the years have carved their initials in the bridge’s wooden walkway.

Valley River Suspension Bridge

The Valley River Suspension Bridge (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Valley River Suspension Bridge

Concrete abutment for the original bridge on which the present bridge sits (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Valley River Suspension Bridge

Aerial view of the Valley River Suspension Bridge, with a ford crossing in the foreground (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.24270, W100.09844
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Senkiw Suspension Bridge (Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oldenburg Suspension Bridge (RM of Whitemouth)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Sources:

We thank Jo Stokotelny for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2016

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