Bridge Artifacts on Display During 10th Anniversary of Collapse

August 01, 2017 07:26 PM

The Interstate 35W bridge collapse was a dark day in Minnesota history. 

But the memories of the tragedy remain intact.


Some artifacts from that day are held at the Minnesota History Center. That includes a shirt worn by a first responder still stained in blood, and the back door of the school bus that was on the bridge when it collapsed. 

"People are able to understand this from multiple perspectives - both from a sense of a grand scale and from a very personal sense," said Adam Scher, the Minnesota Historical Society's senior curator.

"And I think that's very significant."

Meanwhile, the very first gusset plate on the bridge to give way will be on display at the Mill City Museum during the month of August to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the collapse.

"To actually stand in front of it and see the magnitude and destruction, I think it will be a powerful and evocative experience for (people)," Scher said.  

The Minnesota History Center also has the original architectural drawings and identification plates of the old 35W bridge.


Joe Mazan

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