Thousand Islands Bridge System Historical

Thousand Islands Bridge System Historical (HM1XC2)

Location: Mallorytown, Ontario K0E 1R0 Leeds and Grenville United Counties
Country: Canada
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N 44° 22.099', W 75° 58.154'

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The tons of explosives, concrete and steel used to create the five spans of the bridge system only hint of the tremendous efforts to create the bridge system. Glad of getting work in the Great Depression, the workers took any job they could and laboured long hours in all kinds of weather. They took only 16 months to complete the construction. Astonishingly, they had finished 10 weeks ahead of schedule. And the $3,050,000 spent to build the system came in under budget! What they achieved would be amazing even if they had the use of today's technology.
But the tools and equipment were not as powerful, as easy to operate, or as reliable as those we use now. Despite the basic — and seldom used safety equipment — only one worker was killed. Although most of the workers came from the local area, the high steel workers were brought in from the Kahnawd:ke Mohawk Reserve in Quebec. Today the bridge is a tourist attraction on its own — resplendent in the green paint specially formulated for it. It also stands as a symbol of the determination and industriousness of its builders and of the lasting friendship and peace between two nations.
[Photo captions, clockwise from top left, read]
First Nations Mohawks from Kahnawd:ke, Quebec were hired for the high steel work because they could work fearlessly at any height (c.1937)
Motorcade on the Canadian Span with Prime Minister Wm. Lyons Mackenzie King & President Roosevelt arriving at the Dedication, 18 Aug 1938
This bridge stands as an open door... where the boundary is crossed, the only word must be, "Pass, friend."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt speaking at the Bridge Dedication
Local workers placing reinforcing steel (Hilliard Bevins on left), 1938
Early drawing showing the proposed (and final) 14 km route and 5 spans of the USA-Canadian system (c1930)
Trowelling the cement deck of the suspension span, 1938
HM NumberHM1XC2
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Date Added Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 422774 N 4913239
Decimal Degrees44.36831667, -75.96923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.099', W 75° 58.154'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 5.94" N, 75° 58' 9.24" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 769-785 Thousand Islands Parkway, Mallorytown Ontario K0E 1R0, CA
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