Bridges of Hastings

This is an  aerial view of the famous Spiral Bridge that was built in 1895 and torn down in 1951 after the new bridge was constructed. The Spiral Bridge played a major role in the early history of the Hastings community.

Hastings was a growing river town in the latter part of the 19th century. A rope ferry was used to get from one side of the river to the other side, but because of the increasing population of the community, an improvement in transportation was definitely needed. The bridge saved Hastings. If it hadn’t been for the bridge, Hastings would not have developed and development would have happened on the other side of the river.

The Spiral Bridge was originally designed to carry a load limit of 10 tons, through the years the bridge’s load limit was gradually lowered to six tons, and finally four tons. As the invention of the automobile brought increased wear to the bridge, a bridge designed for horse and buggy travel, the bridge’s demise was foretold.

The bridge was demolished in 1951. The two ends were disconnected from the middle span. Those ends fell into the river and a derrick was used to lift the pieces out.

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