With two major waterways flowing through the city, Calgary has a number of bridges spanning both the Bow and Elbow Rivers. There are several bridges dedicated solely to trains, others still designed specifically for pedestrians, and even more that just keep traffic flowing. Some of the bridges, such as the photogenic Peace Bridge, are well-known, while others are more obscure, but are still rooted in the history of this city, this province, and this country. The Jaipur Bridge, for example, is named in recognition of Calgary’s sister city, Jaipur, India or the Mewata Bridge, which is a Cree word that translates to ‘O Be Joyful.’ What follows is a list of ten bridges that are named to honour different people for different reasons. How many did you previously know?
This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a collection of some of the bridges in our city that I could do some research on. The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives and other online sources. Additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on each photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from Alberta. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.
Tyler is originally from Saskatchewan, and yes he cheers for the Roughriders, but don’t hold that against him as Calgary has been his home for the past eight years. He is a teacher working at a wilderness-
based treatment program for youth working to overcome addiction. Tyler is also a volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks. During his time away from work, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding, team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with his wife and German Shepherd, Rome.
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