St. George's Island, Calgary, Alta.

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Creator Novelty Mfg. & Art Co. Ltd., Montreal
Title St. George's Island, Calgary, Alta.
Identifier pc_1993
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Calgary Public Library, Central Library, Local History Room
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Description “Then & Now” columns appeared weekly in the Calgary Herald between 2002 and 2005. The following article appeared October 21, 2004. <br><br> St. George's Island Bridge 12th Street E. over the Bow River <br><br> Then: <br>• In 1887, town council leased the Bow River islands, St. George, St. Andrew and St. Patrick, for development as parks. In September 1891, a ferry service connected the islands to the town, increasing their popularity. Construction of St. George's Island Bridge was completed in 1908, providing access to the new General Hospital once the old Elbow Bridge was moved to the island's north side. The federal government gave the islands to the city in 1910, stipulating they remain parks. Island improvements included a beergarden bandstand. It became a teahouse in 1912 after selling beer was discovered to be illegal. In 1929, St. George's Island became the new zoo's home. <br><br> Now: <br>• The St. George's Island Bridge, which connects 12th Street S.E. to the zoo, is now the oldest iron bridge in the city. It is 75.6 metres long with one span and carries some 9,000 vehicles per day. There is an upgrade underway to replace deteriorating steel elements as well as the deck and expansion joints. Two viewing platforms on the bridge's sidewalk will also be built, as well as the restoration of some of the original lattice-style railing and end posts. Colourful banners will be selected for installation by community representatives. Work on the bridge, which will cost some $850,000, is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
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