Eisenhower Bridge

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For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills: Deuteronomy 8: 7

While in Red Wing Minnesota, this afternoon I shot this picture of the Eisenhower Bridge which passes over the Mississippi River. It was over cast lighting when I shot this image and I was happy to see a little life when the sea gulls came into the picture... Apparently they were tame because they did not try to fly away nor did they act nervous.

Here is a bit of impressive history of the bridge that I found at the link below. There is more to see and read on that page.


"After half a century of service, the Red Wing High Bridge was in need of replacement. Congress came to the aid of Red Wing in the late 1950's. The new bridge was initially called the Interstate Bridge, but it was renamed the Hiawatha Bridge before it was completed. When the bridge opened, President Eisenhower visited Red Wing to give the dedication speech. It was the largest gathering in Red Wing history with over 20,000 people turning out to hear the President speak. Eisenhower stressed that the government in Washington was listening to the people and taking care of their needs even though they were over 1000 miles from the federal capital. In reality, 1960 was an election year, and Vice President Nixon was in a tough battle with Senator Kennedy. Eisenhower came to Minnesota in support of Nixon's election bid, an election that Kennedy eventually won. The people of Red Wing later renamed the bridge in Eisenhower's honor."

11 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    wonderful entry Andrea.The birds are a nice touch! Perfect verse.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Superb, Andrea -- I was always fascinated by the relative width of the Mississippi in Minnesota and at New Orleans!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    What a great history and capture. I love that you included the gulls in the foreground. It adds so much interest. Great entry.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Building a most excellent bridge to JPG's Theme Park!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (16 Aug 2011):

    Thank you all for your kind words...I have been enjoying the bridge pictures that I see so far for this category. We have so few bridges around our area.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Wonderful entry, very interesting as well, Andrea

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    I really like this POV!! Glad you included the gulls in the shot. Glad to see that the "Mighty Mississippi" is back within its normal bounds.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (18 Aug 2011):

    Well done!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (18 Aug 2011):

    This is a beautiful shot of a bridge with an interesting history, and a great entry for the theme, Andrea.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    A wonderful history for this beautiful bridge! Great capture and entry, Andrea!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    Thanks for the info. Wonderful entry.

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