Crossing Conversations: 50 Years of International Friendship
In 2012, the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge marks 50 years joining the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; the State of Michigan, and the Province of Ontario; and the United States and Canada.
As administrators for the Facebook page “Yooper Pasty,” we notice many people loving our photos of the Mighty Mac, south of Sault Ste. Marie. However, there are other beautiful bridges throughout the Upper Peninsula, bridges like the Houghton–Hancock Lift Bridge, and of course, the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie.
It is a welcoming sight to drive Interstate 75 to its northern terminus, round the last bend by the I-500 Snowmobile Track, and see the Twin Saults, with a gracefully arched bridge connecting them!
On both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the St. Mary’s River, the cities bustle with activity, especially on and around the International Bridge. What a symbol of friendship, cooperation, and peace between two neighboring countries. We congratulate the International Bridge Administration on the 50th anniversary of this important structure, and look forward to many safe and assured passages in the decades to come!
We moved to the Soo 2.5 years ago. We had been long time visitors. The International Brige to me represents the fine relationship between the twin Soos. We indeed feel a great affection for both sides of our fine city American and Canadian. The International Bridge is the vital and magnificent link that binds us into one vibrant community carved out of the northern wildernous. Happy 50th. cjc
I think I have been bitten by some kind of ‘bridge bug’, which began in 2009 when I was determined to do my first Mackinac Bridge Walk. Then I walked it again the next year, and from there, I had to walk the International Bridge. That time came in 2011, and after finding out when and where the walk would start, I got up early that Saturday morning and made the drive from Traverse City, Michigan to walk from the U.S. to Canada.
The first thing to know is I don’t like heights. And I get vertigo. But, about a month before my 65th birthday, I decided I wanted to climb the arch on the International Bridge. It helped that my son-in-law, Jeremy Sprague, works bridge maintenance and that my daughter, Sarah, has made 3 or 4 trips up there. And, so, the plans were laid that if the weather was good, I’d take on the challenge.
August 23rd dawned and it was an absolutely perfect day to climb a bridge! Warm but not too hot, low humidity, light breeze. Meet up at the maintenance garage on the U.S. side. Get the safety harnesses on…..those things are HEAVY! (more…)