19th Century, Architecture, Civics, History, Intercession, Jesus, Minnesota

1st Bridge Over the Mississippi January 23, 1855  

Nicollet Island Bridge

Nicollet Island Bridge

The first permanent bridge over the main channel of the Mississippi River opens. It spans the river between Minneapolis and Nicollet Island.

The cable suspension bridge could be crossed by paying a toll of three cents (one way) or five cents (round trip) per human foot-passenger, fifteen cents per horse, and two cents per head for sheep.*

I bless the memory of this bridge today. It brought the people of St. Anthony and Minneapolis together. For some reason, I’m struck with the observation of how a simple physical connection, like this bridge, leads to the head and heart connections of people. Will You show us how to connect today?

Jesus, thanks that You are our bridge to the perfection of the Father! We fail to comprehend Your nature; will You teach us? How did You love your enemies; or those who saw themselves as distinct and separate from You?

Thanks that You have made us like You with an integrated personality. We can play the roles of husband, father, and son simultaneously. You play the roles of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and yet are One!  You bridge the islands within our hearts and minds and bodies! Amen.

*Note – PrayThroughHistory uses the timeline located for several years at the Minnesota Historical Society Web site, at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm .

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7 thoughts on “1st Bridge Over the Mississippi January 23, 1855  

  1. Jesus did not teach anything useful. The Christ-Brand-Inventors did. You are NOT responsible, Jesus is. If a bridge collapses, we can blame it to somebody else. Religion makes people sick and dull.

  2. As a former Minnesota resident, I found this very interesting. I crossed the Mississippi every day on my way to work. But, of course, is was not complicated except in the winter, the bride had ice when the regular streets did not. I lived in NE Minneapolis from 1969-1974/

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